Fight fans at the Manhattan Center were hoping for eight rounds of exciting Super Middleweight boxing when local Curtis Stevens stepped it up in competition to fight Jose Spearman last night. But, as is Usually the case at Stevens fight, the round card girls had an easy job as Stevens knocked Spearman out at the end of the second round. Spearman, feeling out Stevens in the first round, showed a good jab, and a boxer’s skills against Stevens. He landed some clean shots on Steven’s jaw, but got too ambitious in the second round. Steven’s signature solid arsenal of body combinations plus hooks to the head were too much for Spearman, who was knocked out for the count by a counter left hook to the head following an overhand right that seemed to surprise even Stevens. This marks Steven’s tenth knockout in eleven fights, but given Spearman is a respected trialhorse, it is a career-best win so far. Stevens has only gone the distance once and that was last year at The Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom when he won a unanimous decision against defensive minded Shannon Miller. Spearman, coming from Columbus, Ohio, drops to 24-10-4.
Fres Oquendo, returning from nearly two years of inactivity, stopped Daniel Bispo in the ninth round when Bispo’s corner threw in the towel. Oquend started slowly, obviously a bit rusty, but seemed to get better as the rounds progressed.
2000 Olympian Giovanni Lorenzo of Bronx, NY (now 19-0-0, 11 KO’s) knocked out (TKO) Christopher Henry of Bridgetown, Barbados at 2:45 of the third round. Henry is now 19-13-0, 14 KO’s.
Washington Hago of Woodside, NY (now 2-1-0, 2 KO’s) TKO at 1:22 of Round 1 over Cliff Walker of Denver, Colorado. Walker is now 0-4-1, O KO’s).
Juan Cabrera of New York, NY/Santo Domingo, DR TKO in Round 3 over Anthony Hunter of Brooklyn, NY. Hunter is now 0-2-0, O KO’s. Cabrera rises to 3-0-0, 2 KO’s.
Kevin Burnett of Augusta, GA and Anthony Chumah Ottah of New York, NY had a DRAW. 37-39,38-38,39-37. Burnett is now 2-0-1, 1 KO. Ottah is now 1-4-2, O KO’s.