Reno, Nev. – Grand Sierra Resort, Star Boxing and Let’s Get It On Promotions welcome super-middleweight match-up between Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-2 15 KOs) from Brooklyn and Jesse Brinkley (34-5 22 KOs) from Yerington, Nev. Friday, Jan. 29.
Stevens and Brinkley will fight for the number two mandatory spot in the International Boxing Federation (I.B.F) World rankings. The current I.B.F Super Middleweight Championship is held by Canadian Lucian Bute, who recently defended his title by knocking out Librado Andrade in the fourth round in front of a packed house in Quebec City, Canada.
Stevens has a successful professional record of 21-2 including a four fight winning streak. He hails from the Brownsville neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY – the same neighborhood former heavyweight champions Mike Tyson and Riddick Bowe were raised. Stevens is known for his big punch and knockout power with 15 of his 21 wins coming by way of KO – with 13 of those being executed within four rounds. He will head into a hostile environment as he steps into Brinkley’s hometown.
“On Jan. 29 ‘Showtime’ Stevens will be reaping havoc upon Jesse Brinkley," stated Curtis Stevens. "I'm in the business of hurting people, and you better believe Jesse Brinkley is in for a world of hurt when he gets into the ring with me. If he thinks that fighting in his backyard is going to bother me, then he has another thing coming. Tell him to watch a copy of my last fight against Wilczewski and see what happened to him in front of all his Polish fans. Make sure to tune in, because I am promising you, I am going to knock Brinkley out cold. 2010 is my year, no one can stop me.”
Brinkley has been steadily on the rise and has been victorious in his past eight fights. Within that time, he earned the UNSBC super-middleweight championship on the NBC series, “The Contender” and became highly ranked in multiple sanctioning bodies. His recent success has made him wildly popular in northern Nevada and has also elevated his profile in the global boxing community.
“This fight is the only thing that stands in my way of achieving my dream of having a shot at becoming a world champion,” said Brinkley. “I’m busting my butt in the gym, and I’m going to leave it all out there.”
"These are the types of fights that true boxing fans dream of watching," said Joe Deguardia, President of Star Boxing. "With the Super Six Tournament in full-swing, the super middleweight division is one of the most exciting in the sport right now, and we are expecting to add to that excitement with a tremendous fight Jan. 29.”
“A lot is on the line,” said Tommy Lane, president of Let’s Get It On Promotions. “The winner will get a shot at the title; the loser will continue to wait in line. I just can’t wait to see the fight.”
Ticket prices and complete card details will be announced at a later date.
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