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Curtis Stevens to fight in the spring

Zab JudahBy Allan Fox: Former world title challenger Curtis Stevens (27-5, 20 KOs) will reportedly be back inside the ring in the spring against an opponent still to be determined. Stevens, 30, hasn’t fought since losing to Hassan N’Dam in October 2014.

Stevens didn’t fight at all in 2015, which was a shame because it would have been good for him to resume his career to pick up some momentum to load up for another world title fight. In November 2013, Stevens was stopped by WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in the 8th round of a one-sided fight.

Stevens is still young, and powerful. He could easily cause the other top middleweights problems if he could get a fight against the likes of David Lemieux, Billy Joe Saunders, Daniel Jacobs and Peter Quillin.

Getting a fight against the bigger names might be a problem for him though. Guys like Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Miguel Cotto would probably be out of reach for Stevens.

“We’re going to put him in a fight where he’s going to be tested and if he wins he’s on the verge again,” said Stevens’ promoter Kathy Duva via RingTV.com. “We’re going to have him fighting very soon and we’re trying to finalize the deal but he will be in a fairly high profile situation within the next few months.”

Stevens’ loss to N’Dam was a disappointing blow to his career because the fight was so one-sided. The two fighters fought in an eliminator bout. N’Dam won the fight by using movement and jabs to keep the shorter 5’7” Stevens on the outside. However, N’Dam was soundly beaten in his next fight by Lemieux in June of 2015. It’s all about style match-ups. Stevens would likely do a better job against Lemieux because he’s got a good chin, and he would give him problems with his punching power.

Zab Judah to face Josh Torres on March 12

38-year-old former two division world champion Zab Judah (42-9, 29 KOs) will be fighting next month against little known light welterweight Josh Torres (15-4-2, 7 KOs) in a scheduled 12 round fight on March 12 on Premier Boxing Champions on CBS Sports Network from the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Judah hasn’t fought since losing to Paulie Malignaggi by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision in December 2013. Judah looked totally shot in that fight, as he was frozen for the full 12 rounds and seemed incapable of throwing punches. Before that fight, Judah was beaten by Danny Garcia by a 12 round unanimous decision in April 2013.

Judah has lost three out of his last four fights, and it would seem that it’s pretty much over for him in terms of getting any more world title shots. He was also beaten by Amir Khan by a stoppage in July 2011.

Judah had a fight against Hevinson Herrera fall through last September when Herrera was injured during a brief brawl with Judah at the weigh-in. The fight was canceled. Judah was supposed to fight last November against former world champion Juan Carlos Salgado. The fight failed to take place after Salgado was injured in training camp.

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