Middleweight contender Curtis Stevens is set to return on Friday against Tureano Johnson on NBC Sports Network, in the co-feature bout to heavyweight main event fighters Steve Cunningham and Amir Mansour. The 29-year-old Stevens is aiming to put on a show, as he always does.
"I feel good. I have been training very hard. We wanted to make my legs stronger so I can get lower and weave his shots," Stevens said. "This guy likes to fight. He slaps a lot. He's got looping shots.
"But don't leave your seat when the TV lights come on because you might miss it. Don't blink. Have your popcorn and your soda ready beforehand because I am about to put on a spectacular showcase come April 4."
Stevens (26-4, 19 KO) is also looking forward to fighting in Philadelphia for the first time.
"Philly is the boxing capital so I am really excited to be fighting there. They like to fight in Philly and I love that. I have a lot of fans in Philly. I grew up with Karl 'Dynamite' Dargan, we were in the amateurs together, so I know all of his family. A lot of my fans from New York and Brooklyn are going to come out there and make the drive to show their support but I have fans in Philly too."
Promoter Kathy Duva is just happy to work with a fighter like Stevens.
"I love Curtis' attitude," said Duva. "There are few things better for a promoter than a fighter who will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime. Curtis has the heart of a champion, even if he doesn't have that belt just yet."