Friday night in Atlantic City should be a very entertaining night of Boxing at Resorts International when Curtis Stevens and Patrick Majewski clash in a 10-round middleweight affair, headlining a NBC Sports Channel card.
Stevens (25-4) is looking to bounce back from a loss to Gennady Golovkin last November. That bout was for the WBA World middleweight and IBO middleweight title.
In that affair, Golovkin proved to be too much for the shorter Stevens, as he went forward from the sound of the opening bell. He dropped Stevens in the second round, and continued to pepper him with a flurry of power shots over the next six rounds, before the contest was stopped between rounds.
As for Majewski (21-2), he is a native of Poland, but trains in Somers Point and makes Atlantic City his home now. He is sure to have a solid following and is also coming off a loss.
His last time out in the ring, he came up short against Patrick Nielson when he lost a 12-round unanimous decision for the WBA Inter-Continental middleweight title and the vacant WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title last September.
Both men are at a cross-roads in their respected careers, and a win Friday night could put them on a road to redemption and back up the ladder at 160.
Stevens is a heavy hitter who packs power behind his punch, while Majewski relies more on his jab. He will need to move around on the outside to steer clear of Stevens, who loves to fight straight ahead.
Stevens’s strength is also his weakness at times. He has a hard time adjusting to angles and against Majewski that might be the difference.
However, if Majewski tries to exchange in the center of the ring against the hard punching and tough Stevens, he could find himself on his back.
Also on featured on the card will be a 10-round affair between Thabiso Mchunu (14-1, 10 Ko’s) against Olanrewaju Durodola (17-1, 16 Ko’s) for the vacant NABF cruiserweight title.
Also in action, will be Ilshat Khusnulgatin vs. TBA, 8 rounds, light heavyweights; Sevdail Sherifi vs. Venroy July, 6 rounds, cruiserweights.
DeCarlo Perez will be in action against Wilky Campfort in a slated eight-round affair. The hard hitting 22-year-old from Atlantic City, Perez is a solid 11-2 and looks to improve on that mark and put on a show for the home crowd.
Another boxer on the rise is Hasan Young, who is scheduled for a six-round contest against Justin Johnson.
In other action, Mark Rideout will tangle with Fred Latham in a six-round junior welterweight bout, while Wellington Romerto goes up against. Ismael Serrano in a four-round junior welterweight bout.
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