N’Dam and Stevens collide in Santa Monica
By Igor Frank


Often time’s great fights take place at the least likely venues. And if the old adage “styles make fights” is true than middleweight title eliminator between Hassan N’Dam (30-1,18KO’S) and Curtis Stevens (27-4,20KO’S) is bound to be a nail bitter.  They are to lock horns on October 1st, 2014 at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, California. ESPN Friday Night Fights special Wednesday edition will televise this twelve round contest live.

The former WBO middleweight champion from France, N’Dam lost his title to Peter Quillin in New York two years ago. N’Dam claims he wasn’t one hundred percent on that night. However, he was well enough to pick himself up off the canvass six times to continue to fight an uphill battle.

“It was a very good fight,” commented Stevens, his October 1st opponent, during a telephone interview with ESPN. “He was boxing very good, but he was getting caught with shots as he was jumping in. Other than that he kept getting up, kept fighting. It was good that he kept getting up. He showed a heart of a true champion.”

 Following a first loss of his professional career thirty years old N’Dam rebounded with three straight wins. The last one in April of this year was especially dominant win over a veteran from Colombia, Fulgencio Zuniga. It took place at the same venue, Barker Hanger in Santa Monica and marked his new promoter, Michael King’s entry into a world of sweet science. Hollywood mogul, King might be a novice boxing promoter, but he knows a thing or two about staging big events. Not wasting much time King won a purse bid for this title eliminator and got his fighter, N’Dam in line for another title shot, should he win this eliminator.

Hassan N’Dam is very confident of his chances against Brooklyn based Curtis Stevens. He said that Steven’s style is tailor made for him to shine and promised to give a boxing lesson to the original “Chin Checker”.

“He is talking a lot of junk on twitter,” said Stevens, 29. “Like he is going to give me a boxing lesson. I don’t believe in his right mind that he is going to stand there trying to get hit. I believe he is going to try to run as Andre Dirrell did when I fought Dirrell. But I believe there is only one Andre Dirrell. I believe he is just going to try to stay away as long as he can.”

Hard punching Stevens lost his first shot at a middleweight title by a knock out to Gennady Golovkin last November. He has rebounded with two knock out victories this year and is ready for another shot at a championship belt.

“Don’t think too much,” said Stevens about the lesson he learned from the loss. “Just let my hands go. Golovkin fight, I was over thinking it, looking for a perfect shot instead of just letting my hands fly.”

Stevens, who punches like he has hammers in his boxing gloves instead of fists, has a definite plan for his October 1st encounter with N’Dam. “I am getting ready to let my hands go and take it to him,” said Stevens:” I just got to go in there and do what I do. I got to let my hands go and have fun.”

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