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Curtis Stevens is back

Brooklyn, N.Y.'s own Curtis Stevens used Romaro Johnson for target practice, dropping and stopping the Ohio fighter at 2:16 of Round 1 at the Aviator Complex on Saturday on the undercard of the Zab Judah-Vernon Paris smash-up. Stevens, who was heavily hyped and ruthlessly derided when he hit a couple of speedbumps, including a 2007 stinkbomb loss to Andre Dirrell, rose to 22-3 with the TKO victory.

This was Stevens' first tangle since he battled Jesse Brinkley in January 2010 (a 12-round unanimous decision loss). He is only 26, so he still has time to get on a hot streak and make some noise. Promotional tangles have kept him from being busier. Much was expected of the kid, back when he used to feed us keyboard-tappers red meat like, "I knock people out, I demolish them," and "My hook is like a meteorite," and he was likened to a mini Tyson.

It has been a while since the Chin Checkers have been referenced or his nickname, "Showtime," has been in use, but again, the Brownsville hitter turned pro at 19 and is only 26.