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‘Superman’ Stevenson wins by KO – again!
WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) closed 2014 with a spectacular knockout of Dmitry Sukhostsky (22-3, 16 KOs) at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec, Canada last Friday. The victory was Stevenson’s fourth title defense since winning the title from Chad Dawson (KO 1) in June 2013.
Stevenson made a lot of headlines for balking out of a highly-anticipated world title unification showdown with WBO/WBA/ and IBF champion Sergey Kovalev on HBO. Stevenson, instead, signed an inclusive multi-fight deal with American TV giant SHOWTIME, while Kovalev was already locked into an HBO deal. Kovalev moved on to unify the WBO/WBA/ and IBF light-heavyweight titles by soundly defeating Bernard Hopkins through twelve rounds.
Although Stevenson and Kovalev fight for rival networks, the demand to see them fight will continuously grow as long as they remain champion(s). People love knockouts, which is what Stevenson and Kovalev are all about. People love world title fights and since both fighters are champions, or co-champions competing in the same weight-division, the thought of Stevenson and Kovalev fighting once another is compelling. People love to watch guys that enjoy fighting, not a boxer that prefers to avoid getting hit for twelve, one-sided rounds.
Stevenson and Kovalev are both huge freight-trains with dangerous intentions once they step inside the squared circle. Any fighter that steps inside the ring with them are always at risk of being beaten and pummeled before getting knocked out by either Stevenson, or Kovaelv.
Sukhotsky, a former world title challenger, was the latest to experience Stevenson’s power – a concussive one-punch knockout in the fifth round.
“I just used my speed and movement. I know I have the power and the knockouts are going to come,” Stevenson said. “I don’t want to force the knockouts. I know my trainer [Javan "Sugar" Hill] tells me that, too. It’s boxing.”
At age 37, every fight is of extreme importance to Stevenson. There is a possibility that Stevenson may fight Hopkins since there’s a shortage of top light-heavyweight opponents. Between Stevenson, Kovalev, and don’t forget about Hopkins, the 175-pound class has basically been cleaned-up.
As for Kovalev, he is next scheduled to face former WBC light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal in Canada in March on HBO.
As far as future opponents are concerned, Stevenson isn’t chasing anyone.
“You have to come to me,” Stevenson said. “I’m the big champion,” Stevenson said. “You have to come to me. I’m the main light heavyweight. So they have to come to me I’ll let Al Haymon and [my promoter] take care of that. My job is to go to the ring and knock everybody out.”