Hard-hitting middleweight Curtis Stevens is proud to be part of the long list of world-class Brooklyn boxers. He's also just as proud to be fighting at Madison Square Garden's Theater tomorrow on NBC.
"Everyone is talking about the Barclays Center," said Stevens. "Yeah, that's a great place. But don't forget, Madison Square Garden is the most famous sports arena in the world. To many people, this is the mecca. I'm really happy for the opportunity to fight here."
Stevens (23-3 with 17 KOs) fights Derrick Findley in the opening bout of NBC's afternoon doubleheader at MSG. The main event features a 12-round heavyweight battle between Tyson Fury and Steve Cunningham. Six additional bouts are planned for the undercard. The doors open at The Theater at 1:15 and the main event and co-feature will be broadcast at 4 p.m. The Knicks open their first-playoff series against the Celtics at 3 p.m., so the building and surrounding area will be hopping.
Stevens' last two fights have ended in first-round knockouts. Findley is 20-9 but has never been knocked out.
"We needed someone who would give Curtis rounds," said Kathy Duva, Stevens' promoter.
While Stevens insisted he isn't looking past Saturday's bout, he does have an eye on middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin.
"I would love to fight Golovkin," he said. "That fight would be explosive. He says he has a hard time finding opponents? He doesn't have to look any more. I'll fight him."