Curtis Stevens took a risk moving down to 154 pounds for the first time in his 15-year pro career, and it didn’t pay off, as the veteran puncher was dropped three times en route to a third round stoppage loss to Wale Omotoso tonight on FOX.
Omotoso (28-4, 22 KO) is a former prospect who never quite panned out, now making his bones as a gatekeeper/journeyman type, but the 34-year-old Nigerian just overpowered Stevens (30-7, 22 KO) in this one, dropping him in the first, second, and third rounds. Stevens got up every time, but referee Johnny Callas took a good look after the final knockdown and stopped it there, which seemed the right call.
Stevens, 34, hadn’t fought in just over a year, and hadn’t been in a really serious fight since March 2017, when he was goomed out in three by David Lemieux on HBO. He was always a dangerous puncher who could really crack, giving him hope even against the odds, and he did his best to make this the fight he wanted, but he just didn’t seem to have any punch resistance tonight.
Given his age and the state of his career, Stevens will have a lot to think about in terms of going forward. Omotoso has a nice KO percentage, but over the years he’s never really shown big power against decent opposition, and in fact this was his first stoppage win since 2014. It keeps Omotoso plenty relevant at the level he was already at, but that’s about it.