Curtis Stevens KO'S Saul Roman to set up title shot against Golovkin
Middleweight contender Curtis Stevens (25-3, 18 KO’s) may have set himself up with a title shot against WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin by destroying the hard hitting Saul Roman (37-10, 31 KO’s) in a 1st round knockout on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Stevens jumped all over Roman at the start of the fight, flurrying on Roman and immediately driving him to the ropes where Stevens knocked him down with a left hook to the head. After the action resumed, Roman was able to fight a little in between getting nailed by huge bombs.
Roman clinched Stevens to buy some time after he realized that he getting hit too much. However, this didn’t stop Stevens, because soon as the clinch was broken up and drove Roman to the ropes and dropped him with a huge left hook to the head. The fight was then stopped at 2:26.
In winning the fight, Stevens captured the vacant NABF middleweight title.
Stevens now could end up facing Golovkin in November.
Also on the card, heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 29 KO’s) dominated 38-year-old Dominick Guinn (34-10-1, 23 KO’s) in beating him by a lopsided 10 round unanimous decision by the scores 98-92, 99-91, 99-91. The journeyman Guinn was a replacement opponent for Tony Grano, who had suffered an injury and couldn’t take the fight.
Former heavyweight Eddie Chambers (36-4, 18 KO’s) lost his first fight at cruiserweight by a lopsided 10 round unanimous decision to Thadiso Mchunu (14-1, 9 KO’s).