UNCASVILLE, Conn. (Jan. 13th, 2015) — Like any fighter would, Elvin Ayala took some time away from boxing following a devastating loss at the hands of Curtis Stevens in January of 2013.
Looking back on it, Ayala should’ve taken that hiatus long before the bell rang. Continue reading
Fighting at 160 pounds for just the second time since returning to professional boxing in March, Stevens (23-3, 17 KOs) made an emphatic statement in the nationally-televised co-feature of NBC Sports’ Fight Night series Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Casino, stopping Elvin Ayala 1 minute, 10 seconds into the opening round of a scheduled 10-round bout to claim the vacant North American Boxing Federation (NABF) middleweight title. The event, co-promoted by Main Events and Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, aired live on the NBC Sports Network.
Stevens, a hard-hitting Brooklyn native who fought most of his career at super middleweight and light heavyweight, dropped Ayala with a hard left hook to the temple in the opening minute.
“I came out jabbing early on – jab, jab, jab,” Stevens said. “At one point, I saw him overcommit. He was trying to set me up. So I ‘stayed in the bucket,’ as my coach put it, and when he threw that right, I found my opening.”
Ayala appeared wobbly as he rose to his feet, but continued to fight. Continue reading
By Jeff Sorby: Fighting for the first time at middleweight Curtis Stevens (23-0, 17 KO’s) destroyed Elvin Ayala (26-6-1, 12 KO’s) in the 1st round on Saturday night to capture the vacant NABF middleweight title at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut. Continue reading
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (Jan. 17, 2013) – Elvin Ayala had no idea he’d be fighting for a title this weekend until he stepped foot inside Mohegan Sun Casino for Thursday’s pre-fight press conference. The sudden news has done little to change his approach. Continue reading
BROOKLYN – Curtis “Showtime” Stevens, 22-3, 16 KOs, was training for his upcoming fight with New Haven, CT middleweight Elvin Ayala, 26-5-1, 12 KOs, when he read what Ayala had to say about him on FightNews.com. Many of Ayala’s comments sounded like typical pre-fight trash talk, but one remark struck a nerve in the New Yorker. Continue reading
READING, PA (January 8, 2013)—On Saturday night January 19th former world title challenger Elvin Ayala (26-5-1, 12 KO’s) will take on Curtis Stevens (22-3, 16 KO’s) in a Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut in a bout to be televised by the NBC Sports Network. Continue reading
TOTOWA, NJ – Main Events announced today that middleweights Elvin Ayala and Curtis “Showtime” Stevens will meet in the 10-round co-feature bout on the next nationally televised edition Fight Night on NBC Sports Network, January 19, 2013. The anticipated meeting will precede the 10-round light heavyweight main event between Sergey Kovalev, 19-1, 17 KOs, and Gabriel Campillo, 21-4-1, 7 KOs. Continue reading
Number one rated junior middleweight Gabriel Rosado did an about face today, and decided to withdraw from his intended bout with Elvin Ayala on Dec. 8th.
Rosado said, “After talking things over with my trainer, Billy Briscoe, I have decided to pass on the Dec. 8 fight with Elvin Ayala and wait to see what K9 Bundrage’s next move is concerning my chance to fight him for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) world title by next March.” Continue reading
Gabriel Rosado, the fastest-rising contender in the junior middleweight division, goes for his fourth consecutive knockout and his eighth consecutive win when he boxes Elvin Ayala, of New Haven, CT, in a 10-round bout Saturday evening, Dec. 8, at Pearson/McGonigle Halls on the campus of Temple University.
Sharing the spotlight will be another Philadelphian, Bryant “By By” Jennings, who defends his USBA heavyweight championship against Bowie Tupou, of Tongo, in a scheduled 12-round contest.
The eight-fight live card begins at 7pm and the NBCSN broadcast will begin at 9PM ET. Continue reading