By Matt Lieberman: In a surprise upset, former middleweight world title challenger Curtis Stevens (30-7, 22 KOs) was stopped in the third round by unheralded Wale Osmoto (28-4, 22 KOs) on Saturday night on Premier Boxing Champions on Fox at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The 34-year-old Stevens, who had fought just once in the last two years, was knocked down by the hard hitting 154 pound second tier Omotoso. The fight was officially halted at 1:28 of round three by referee Johnny Callas.
Stevens suffers another knockout loss
For Stevens, this was the second fight for him since being knocked out brutally by former International Boxing Federation middleweight champion David Lemieux in March 2017. Stevens bounced back from that defeat in beating little known Carlos Rafael Cruz by a fourth round knockout 13 months ago in July 2018. Stevens might be better off moving back up to middleweight. But more importantly, he needs to fight more often than just once a year if he wants to stay sharp.
Stevens was stopped in the eighth round six years ago by former IBO/WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in New York. A year later, Stevens lost to Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam by a 12 round unanimous decision in 2014. Although Stevens has scored a lot of highlight reel knockouts during his career, he falls apart when he’s put in with better opposition.
Tonight’s loss for Stevens is disappointing, because he wasn’t fighting a top contender from the junior middleweight division in Omotoso. This is a guy that had lost in the past to Chordale Booker, Jamal James, Sammy Vasquez and Jessie Vargas. Omotoso came into the fight tonight having lost four out of his last eight fights. On paper, Stevens should have been able to beat Omotoso, but being inactive for over a year didn’t help Stevens obviously. Further, moving down in weight from the middleweight division likely didn’t help Stevens as well.
Brian Howard stops Carlos Negron
Heavyweight Brian Howard (15-3, 12 KOs) defeated 2008 Olympian Carlos Negron (20-3, 16 KOs) by a first round knockout. Negron, 32, came into the fight tonight having been stopped in the ninth round last December by Dominic Breazeale.