Promoter Gary Shaw is demanding an immediate rematch between his fighter Tureano Johnson and Curtis Stevens after the two put on a great war earlier tonight on NBC Sports, only to have the fight marred a bit at the end when referee Gary Rosato came in with what most believed to be an early hook with 51 seconds remaining in a fight that Johnson was clearly winning.
"I'm outraged that my fighter Tureano Johnson was robbed of his ability to finish the fight," said Shaw. "Johnson clearly could have continued on. Stevens is nothing. Johnson was winning every round. I'm going to protest this premature stoppage and demand an immediate rematch. To rob a fighter like Johnson got robbed tonight is preposterous. With what Johnson gave the fans tonight, he should have at least been able to finish the fight. I'm beside myself with this decision."
Johnson (14-1, 10 KO) came into the fight as the underdog, but promised that he wasn't awed by the vaunted power of Stevens (27-4, 20 KO), and proved that over the course of the fight. He not only took Stevens' heavy shots very well, but he was able to out-fight him in close quarters, owning the majority of the fight in our eyes.
"I wanted to come out tonight and give the fans an all action war," said Johnson. "My game plan was to come right at Stevens and bring the fight to him. I did exactly what I wanted to do and I was winning the fight convincingly. I have a great chin. When he landed that left hook in the final round, I was rocked, but I was ready to continue. I was robbed by the referee tonight and the fans should rally behind me to command an instant rematch. My message to Curtis Stevens is, you better not run from the rematch, because if you do, the fans will know you're a fraud."