|Curtis "Showtime" Stevens: "Elvin Ayala said that I’m no Arthur Abraham, Well, I got news for him!"|
SecondsOut special to Doghouse Boxing (Jan 11, 2013)
Curtis "Showtime" Stevens, 22-3, 16 KOs, was training for his
upcoming fight with New Haven, CT middleweight Elvin Ayala, 26-5-1, 12
KOs, when he read what Ayala had to say about him on a boxing website.
Many of Ayala’s comments sounded like typical pre-fight trash talk, but
one remark struck a nerve in the New Yorker.
"He said that I’m no Arthur Abraham," Stevens recalled. "Well, I got
news for him, I’m a bigger puncher than Abraham. I’m going to wear him
down from round one to round ten. If I catch his ass early, it’s going
to be over for him. I believe he has to say things like he did to give
himself motivation and confidence. So by telling a reporter that I’m
nothing like Abraham, he was just psyching himself up."
Stevens added,"He (Ayala) said he wasn’t ready when he took the fight
with Abraham, well he’s had a lot of time to prepare for me, so there
better be no excuses when I beat him."
Ayala also said that he felt that the fight with Stevens was a good
opportunity for him to gain some exposure and a was a route to bigger
and better things. Stevens didn’t like that comment either.
"Opportunity? I’m on NBC too," Stevens said. "It will give me a
chance to showcase my big knockout skills, my great boxing ability. I’m
ready for whatever happens. If the knockout comes or if I have to box
him and cut him up and make him look stupid, so be it. I’m coming to
win. I hope he comes and shows tools. I’m not John Mackey (Ayala’s last
opponent). He went nine rounds with John Mackey? Come on. I’d have taken
Mackey cold out of his socks. I’m coming to win. I’m coming for blood,
like a vampire."
And what does Stevens think about the home-state advantage Ayala will
have for their fight at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT on January
"He’s going to need the help," Stevens said. "I love going hostile.
It gets me fired up. I love hearing the crowd cheer for the other guy. I
like taking the crowd by surprise. Hometown advantage? He’s going to
need help, whether it’s the doctor, the commission, the ambulance. He’s
going to need help from somebody."
SecondsOut.com to Doghouse Boxing.
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