Veteran middleweight Curtis Stevens announced his return to the boxing rings tonight with a second round TKO victory over Brazilian prospect Patrick Teixeira, displaying power, but not in his usual fashion.
Stevens (28-5, 21 KO) has always been known as a fighter with a devastating left hook, but that punch wasn't the difference tonight. Working under new trainer John David Jackson, Stevens showed more aggression early in this fight, having been known in the past as a slow starter who didn't let his hands go enough. He hurt Teixeira (26-1, 22 KO) with a jab in the first round, which was a bad sign for the younger, taller fighter, and it didn't get better from there.
Less than a minute into the second round, Stevens landed a hard right hand that dropped Teixeira. Though the prospect got up, referee Tony Weeks called the fight, as Teixeira was still wobbly and not looking ready to continue.
"In the amateurs I always knocked people out, so I was always looking for the one shot," Stevens said after the fight. "Me and John got back to the basics. I lost focus on what got me there, and I brought it all back.
Stevens landed 16 of 58 (28%) of his total punches, and 14 of 45 (31%) of his power punches. Teixeira was about even in total shots, landing 15 of 62 (24%), but just 6 of 17 (35%) of power punches.