Curtis “Showtime” Stevens stops Patrick “The Machine” Majewski in 1st at Atlantic City - Ringside Report
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Curtis “Showtime” Stevens stops Patrick “The Machine” Majewski in 1st at Atlantic City - Ringside Report
By Ken Hissner at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Jan 25, 2014)

Curtis “Showtime” Stevens stops Patrick “The Machine” Majewski
Photo © Rich Graessle / Main Events
Curtis “Showtime” Stevens, 26-4 (19), of Brooklyn, NY, scored a 1st round stoppage with 3 knockdowns over Patrick “The Machine” Majewski, 21-3 (12), of Radom, POL, out of Atlantic City, NJ, as referee Linday Page waved it off at 0:43! A jab dropped Majewski who never recovered from the 1st knockdown. Asked about fighting WBO middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin Stevens said “Kid Chocolate sign the contract”.

Main Events, Peltz Boxing and Global Boxing promoted the event at Resorts Casino-Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ, over NBC Sports Network.

Two African boxers fighting for the NABF cruiserweight title? Southpaw Thasbiso “Rock” Mchunu, 14-1 (9), of Natal, RSA, defeated Olanrewaju “God’s Power” Durodola, 15-2 (14), of Lagos, NIG, over 10 rounds to win the NABF cruiser title.

In a feeling out 1st round Mchunu landed several good shots. In the 2nd round a short left by Mchunu dropped Durodola who was up immediately. A lot of posing in the 3rd and 4th rounds with both boxes showing too much respect for the other. Few body shots landed.

In the 5th for the second time in the fight Durodola turned southpaw and Mchunu immediately landed a combination knocking him into the ropes. In the 7th Durodola seemed to win his first round by opening up more as he did in the 8th. In the 9th a solid lead body shot by Durodola to the mid-section was heard throughout the room but had little effect on Mchunu. In the 10th and final round Mchunu looked tired and did a lot of holding. Late in the round Mchunu landed a solid left to the chin but Durodola came back knowing he needed a knockout to win. Referee was David Fields. Judge John Stewart had it 96-93 as did DHB, Hilton Whitaker 97-92 and Debra Barnes 98-91 all for the winner Mchunu.

Philly’s heavyweight Mark Rideout, 4-0-2 (1) and Fred Latham, 4-0-1 (2), of Pittsburgh, PA, battled to a 4 round draw. In the 1st round Rideout controlled things with a good jab. Both boxers landed solid rights. Rideout seemed to control through 3 rounds. In the fourth and final round Latham rocked Rideout with a right to the chin about 20 seconds left in the bout. Referee was Huggins. All 3 judges had it 38-38. DHB had Rideout a winner 39-37.

Philly’s Hasan Young, 5-1-1 (2), dropped Justin Johnson, 5-6-4 (0), of Pittsburgh, PA, in the 2nd round with straight rights to the chin, scoring a pair of knockdowns. Johnson held on to weather the storm. In the 3rd round Young methodically stalked Johnson hurting him with left hooks to the body. In the 5th Johnson finally landed several punches leaving himself open for an overhand right by Young dropping Johnson.

In the 6th and final round Young landed a chopping right followed by a left uppercut dropping Johnson. There was no quit in Johnson. Referee Page hesitated to stop the one sided fight several times. Judges George Hill had it 60-51 while both Henry Grant and Ron McNair had it 60-50 as did DHB.

PR Roberto Acevedo, 8-1 (5), of Miami, FL, destroyed Ilshat “The Sheriff” Khusnulgatin, 10-1 (6), of Samara, Russia at 2:09 of the 1st round. Referee Lindsay Page should have stopped the fight much earlier. Light heavyweights scheduled for 8.

DR southpaw Wellington Romero, 2-0 (1), from Newburgh, NY, dropped Ismael Serrano, 1-1 (0), of Bethlehem, PA, with a right hook. Upon getting up Serrano was swarmed by Romero against the ropes when referee Huggins stopped it at 1:24 of the 1st round. Light welterweights scheduled for 4.

Wilky Campfort, 16-1 (9), of Haiti, won a 8 round split decision over DeCarlo Perez, 11-3-1 (4), of Atlantic City, NJ. In a good fight Campfort seemed to be harder puncher but Perez more accurate. Referee was Huggins. Judges George Hill had it 78-74 and Grant 77-75 for Campfort while McNair 77-75 for Perez. Fight could have gone either way.

In the opening bout Venroy July, 16-1-2 (6), of St. Catherine, JAM, now out of Suitland, MD, won a decision over Sedail Sherifi, 9-3-3 (8), of Albania, in a 6 round cruiserweight bout. July started to land in the 3rd after dropping first 2 rounds wearing down Sherifi. Referee was Page. Judges Hill and McNair had it 58-56 with Grant 59-55 all for July.

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