Hassan N’Dam easily out-boxed and defeated Curtis Stevens on Wednesday night in a special ESPN boxing card, winning via Unanimous Decision in a middleweight title eliminator. By staying on his feet and using plenty of lateral movement, N’Dam was able to keep away from Stevens, who showcased a largely limited, one punch at a time attack.
Scores were 116-111, 116-111 and 119-108, as Stevens was always a step behind and unable to catch up to N’Dam, or put together enough offense to make a difference. While Stevens of course has the reputation of the hard hitter, N’Dam was the one who scored a knockdown, sending Stevens down in the 8th round.
With the victory, N’Dam is now in position to face the winner of next week’s special ESPN card, the middleweight title fight between Sam Soliman and Jermain Taylor.
Also on the card, Frederick Lawson remained unbeaten by defeating countryman Ray Narh, in a fight which featured an odd, extended break in the action due to a problem with the ring apron. Lawson is now 23-0 with 20 knockouts.
Miguel Marriaga stopped Christopher Martin, improving to 19-0 with 17 knockouts.