PBC on ESPN: Stevenson vs. Williams Recap

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By Seamus McNally

Light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (28–1, 23 KOs) successfully defended his divisional crown for the seventh time with a brutal fourth-round knockout of Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. (20–2, 14 KOs) Friday night in Quebec City, Canada on Spike TV.

The fight was expected to be a slugfest for as long as it lasted and it lived up to the expectations. The pair of hard-hitting southpaws slung heavy leather at each other from the onset, both being rocked multiple times in the fight.

Stevenson, a Haitian-born Canadian who resides in Quebec, walked Williams early in the opening round, landing a thudding jab and looking to set up his devastating left hand. Stevenson was able to connect with his left in the final 30 seconds of the round and Williams hit the deck.

Williams, a Fort Washington, Maryland native, managed to recover well in between rounds and had some success landing thunderous shots of his own in the second round. After absorbing a few more powerful left hands from Stevenson, Williams was able to rock Stevenson with multiple right hooks towards the end of the round that swung it in his favor. Williams, showing confidence after hurting the champion, showboated when the bell rang to end the second round.

Stevenson turned the tide back in his favor in the third round. He got on the inside of the taller Williams and did some serious damages with left uppercuts and body shots. Williams’ face showed signs of the punishment he was absorbing. He started bleeding from a cut and a mouse formed under the left eye of Williams during the round due to Stevenson’s thudding blows.

Stevenson hurt Williams with an accidental low blow in the opening seconds of the fourth round. Once the action resumed, the combatants resumed trading haymakers. Stevenson continued having success going to the body and landed an uppercut that stunned Williams in the final minute of the round. Williams backed up the towards the ropes and Stevenson ended the fight seconds later it with a thunderous left cross to the jaw of Williams, who dropped face-first to the canvas. Williams was unable to beat the count and referee Michael Griffin waved the fight off at the 2:54 mark.

Stevenson, coming off a ten-month layoff, has made a mockery of the light heavyweight championship dethroning previous champion Chad Dawson with a devastating first round knockout in June 2013. He has faced a list of uninspiring and undeserving challengers all while blatantly avoiding fighting universally recognized top-ranked contender Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30–0–1, 26 KOs).

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