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Frame-by-frame fights: Curtis Stevens and the lost art of in-fighting

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BE's striking specialist Connor Ruebusch breaks down the good and the bad of boxer Curtis Stevens' phone booth fight with Tureano Johnson, in video format.

Curtis Stevens is one of those fighters that makes you shake your head. He can go from utterly brilliant to ultra-underwhelming in the space of a single round. He is in many ways a natural inside fighter, with a selection of vicious short punches from either hand and a knack for finding openings in his opponent's defense. And, unlike most "high guard" boxers, he knows how to block intelligently, firing back the moment the opponent's punch fails to connect.

But for all that, Stevens struggles with some boxing fundamentals. His clinch game is virtually nonexistent. His activity level is spotty at best, and he continues to show a tendency to give away rounds by simply refusing to throw his dynamite combinations.

In today's video I examine the inside game of Stevens, both the good and the bad. In-fighting as a craft is often neglected these days, and this is evident in Stevens' inconsistent style. If Stevens' trainers spent some time honing these close-range tactics, could he be a title contender? What do you think?

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