Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Idec Index

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Idec Index

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Here is boxing writer Keith Idec's inside look at the sport:

FEATURED FIGHT: Hassan N'Dam vs. Curtis Stevens. France's N'Dam (31-1, 18 KOs) outboxed Brooklyn's Stevens (27-5, 20 KOs) in their 12-round IBF middleweight elimination match Wednesday night in Santa Monica, Calif. The ESPN2 main event was contested in a tiny ring, which should've favored the hard-hitting Stevens, who's promoted by Totowa-based Main Events. He failed, however, to cut off the ring and allowed N'Dam to jab and move throughout the bout. When Stevens did nail N'Dam with flush punches, N'Dam held and survived. N'Dam became the mandatory challenger for the winner of an Oct. 8 championship bout between IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (44- 11, 18 KOs, 1 NC) of Australia and former middleweight champ Jermain Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KOs) of Little Rock, Ark.

LOCAL LOOK: John Magda (7-0, 6 KOs), a super middleweight prospect from Rutherford, and Paterson's Mike Mitchell (3-4-2, 1 KO) will square off in a six-rounder Oct. …

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