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Curtis Stevens enlists John David Jackson as new trainer

Curtis Stevens has a new trainer in his corner as he prepares for his upcoming HBO fight on the Canelo-Khan undercard.

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Middleweight puncher Curtis Stevens is looking to refine his approach for what may be his last chance on the big stage -- so he's teamed-up with trainer John David Jackson ahead of his May 7th fight against Patrick Teixeira. Jackson is best known for his work with Russian destroyer Sergey Kovalev, and then more recently taking Chris Algieri under his wing.

So with Jackson in his corner, Stevens is hoping to display more dimensions to his game than his patented one-punch power -- instead hoping to enact a more well-rounded offense.

"Not looking for the power so much," Stevens said on a conference call on Tuesday. "We all know I have the equalizer. Back in the day, I used to just rely on one shot just to take you out. (I'm) just being more relaxed and not looking for the one shot. When it comes it comes. (I'm) just getting back to being more relaxed and having fun."

According to Stevens, he and Jackson have been working together in Florida for a month now. After the first few sessions, he says the pair just clicked and that Jackson is making him a more relaxed fighter. Stevens, who hasn't fought in a professional boxing match since October 2014 (discounting his BKB fight against Gabe Rosado last year), mentions personal issues with his son's mother as being a hindrance to his focus in the ring during his past few fights. He says that with those issues now behind him, he expects to perform much better in this campaign.

"For the past few years I was going through some things family wise so my mind wasn't really in the game," Stevens said. "I always was physically ready coming to fight but mentally I wasn't all the way there. So thanks to God everything has been hashed out and I'm back in the game mentally and physically. I'm going to be well prepared on May 7."

Stevens, who once goaded Gennady Golovkin into a fight, adds that he's even shed his "Showtime" moniker to show a more seriously focused version of himself. There will be no more brash talk from Stevens, he just wants to let his fighting do the talking come May.

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