Stevens signs with Main Events

Middleweight Curtis Stevens, an explosive puncher, has signed with promoter Main Events, the New Jersey-based company announced Monday.

"Everybody on your team isn't always in your corner, but now I'm signed to Main Events and I have a great team in my corner," Stevens said. "I had two years off and now I'm back. Now I'm going to take over the middleweight division."

Stevens (23-3, 17 KOs), who is from Brooklyn, N.Y., was once a fast-rising super middleweight prospect who never quite made it. He lost some fights, including a bad one to Jesse Brinkley in 2010 in a title eliminator that he was heavily favored to win. Then Stevens went idle for 22 months, scored an easy win in his return and was off for 10 more months while ironing out promotional problems.

But when Stevens fought for Main Events as a free agent in January, he was very impressive in a brutal first-round knockout of the credible Elvin Ayala at middleweight, a weight class for which Stevens is probably better suited than super middleweight.

Main Events was impressed enough with the knockout of Ayala to sign Stevens, and it plans to continue featuring him on its NBC Sports Net series, "Fight Night," in hopes of eventually steering him into a world title opportunity.

"Curtis has the potential to go all the way," Main Events CEO Kathy Duva said. "He has power, skills and miles of personality."