By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus NEW HAVEN (BASN) —...
Adonis Stevenson: Boxing’s Superman?
WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson is currently touted as ‘Superman.’ The 175-pound champion has been making a lot of noise and has proven to be a force to be reckoned with in the light-heavyweight division.
Adonis Stevenson could very well be ‘Superman,’ as he will be appearing in his third world title fight in five months on Saturday, November 30, in Quebec City, Canada. Making the second defense of the WBC title, Stevenson (22-1, 19 KOs) will accept the mandated challenge of No 1-ranked Tony Bellow (20-1-1, 12 KOs) of England.
Stevenson-Bellow will headline a ‘Quest for the Man of Steel’ fight card at the Pepsi Coliseum. Also, newly crowned WBO light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs) makes his first title defense against Ismayl Sillakh (21-1, 17 KOs). HBO will televise both light-heavyweight title fights beginning at 10:15 PM/ET on HBO Boxing After Dark.
“The attractive boxing event also helps bring international prestige to the beautiful city of Quebec for the first time since Pascal vs. Hopkins and Bute vs. Johnson,” said Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel
Quebec has hosted some memorable moments in boxing history. In 2011 Hopkins became the oldest fighter to ever win a world title at age 46 by outboxing Jean Pascal through twelve rounds. Lucian Bute has proven to be one of the greatest Canadian fighters of all-time. He has appeared in 11 world title fights and is undefeated in Canada.
Pascal and Bute, who will be fighting each other in 2014, maybe looking at the end of their careers. But Stevenson is looking square into the future and his time is now. Three world title fights in five months is unheard of for a world champion today.
Stevenson was a top-rated world super middleweight title contender who was avoided a world title shot. That is why he moved up from 168 to 175 to challenge Chad Dawson for the WBC title. Stevenson’s promoter afforded Dawson a grand opportunity to fight in Canada for the third time in his career. Yvon Michel positioned Stevenson in a perfect position to become a world champion by luring the champion into the challenger’s comfort zone of fighting in Montreal.
Stevenson knocked Dawson, the once highly-touted ‘future of the light-heavyweight division, on to the canvas at 76 seconds of the first round in June.
Just like that, Stevenson has knocked out his last nine opponents including Darnell Boone, whom defeated Stevenson in April 2010. In his first title defense in September, Stevenson easily out-boxed a tough and rugged Tavoris Cloud, former IBF 175-pound champion, and became the first man to ever stop Cloud in the seventh round.
Stevenson, 36, is currently riding a nine-bout knockout streak.
Mitchell is keeping Stevenson busy by having him accept the mandatory challenge of No. 1-rated Tony Bellow of England. The 30-year-old Bellow will be competing in his second world title fight. Bellow lost to Nathan Cleverly in an attempt to win the WBO 175-pound title in 2011. Bellow has a pair of wins against Ovil McKenzie, fought Isaac Chilemba twice, and stopped former world title challenger Edison Miranda. Bellow is undefeated in his last five bouts and has never been stopped.
Tickets for Stevenson-Bellow are currently on sale and range from $50-$300 by calling 514-383-0666 or 514-376-0908, or by logging onto www.billeteck.com.