It was over quickly, and in brutal fashion. Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (25-3, 18 KO’s) regained the NABF middleweight title with a first round knockout of Saul Roman (37-10, 31 KO’s) at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut in the main event of tonight’s “Fight Night” card on NBC Sports.
It was Stevens left hook that did the work, dropping Roman just over a minute into the opening frame. After beating the count, Roman took another 90 seconds of punishment before a second left hook put him down and out at the 2:26 mark.
This was Steven’s fourth consecutive victory (third by first round stoppage) since losing to Jesse Brinkley in 2010. The Brownsville native, who started out as a regular on Lou DiBella’s Broadway Boxing shows, is now looking for a shot at the worlds “most dangerous middleweight”, WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. It’s possible the fight could happen as soon as November at Madison Square Garden.
In the nights co-feature, former world light heavyweight and world cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (49-2, 20 KO’s) put on an impressive performance, defeating contender-turned-journeyman Dominick Guinn (34-10-1, 23 KO’s) by 10 round decision.
After a solid opening frame by Guinn, Adamek took control of the bout, and out boxed Guinn over the next nine rounds, getting sharper as the fight moved along. Adamek landed crisp, clean combinations, with Guinn putting up little resistance as Adamek banked round after round. Final scores of the bout were 98-92, and 99-91 twice, all for Tomasz Adamek, who has now won five straight and is looking for a second world title opportunity. In 2011, he was stopped in the 10th round by WBC heavyweight champ Vitali Klitschko.
In the broadcasts opening contest, Thabiso Mchunu (14-1, 10 KO’s) made the best of his U.S. debut, defeating “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-4, 18 KO’s) by a near shut out 10 round decision. Chambers, who was making his first appearance as a cruiserweight, wasn’t active enough and was simply outworked by the South African southpaw. Final scores were 99-91 twice, and 97-93 all in Mchunu’s favor.