GYM Promoted Fighters Now Apart of “Clean Boxing Program”

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Groupe Yvon Michel’s (GYM) world-ranked boxers have enrolled in the new VADA/WBC Clean Boxing Program (CBP), created by Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) and the World Boxing Council (WBC).

 
Adonis Stevenson, Lucian Bute, Eleider Alvarez and Artur Beterbiev will now participate in a serious new protocol in which they may be blood and/or urine tested anytime, 365 days per year. They must be available at all times for an unexpected test.

 
All of the WBC champions and WBC top 15-ranked fighters have until September 9 to conform to the new protocol or they will be removed from the WBC rankings and suspended from any activity in the WBC.

 
”This is a step in the right direction but what will really be important in the next few years is for this structure to always keep improving in order to properly regulate professional boxing,” trainer Marc Ramsay said.

 
”Fortunately, boxing is rarely the target of doping cases, but tightening the rules can only be beneficial to prevent tempted athletes to follow the wrong path,” added GYM vice-president, operations and recruitment, Bernard Barré.

 
”I am fully in favor of these new measures so all of us in the program will be playing on the same plain field,” remarked Stevenson, the WBC world light heavyweight champion.

 
“The WBC is proud to see the exemplary dedication of GYM for the welfare of the sport and we are grateful for their support to enroll Champion Adonis Stevenson and all of their WBC top 15-ranked fighters in the WBC – VADA Clean Boxing Program,” WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman commented. “The CBP is the first ever attempt in our sport to have a safety platform for our athletes and, more importantly, to share the much needed information on PED´s and illegal procedures which could harm our heroes of the ring.”

 
To learn more about ‘the ‘WBC Clean Boxing Program” watch the Webinar : wbcboxing.com/WBCVADA

Stevenson Leaves Another Victim, But What Is Next ?

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Courtesy of Dave Nadkarni / Premier Boxing Champions

 

By Brandon Stubbs

Adonis Stevenson made yet another successful title defense, this time against Thomas Williams Jr. in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. In the four round affair, Stevenson ate some shots that a lesser fighter would have dropped from. “It was a firefight,” said Stevenson. “He put pressure on me so I decided to put pressure on him too. It was a fight with two guys who could punch and it was spectacular.” The win put Adonis at 28-1 record and was his seventh straight WBC title defense. But the question remains who can challenge him.

 

For the past few year boxing has hoped and wished that Stevenson and reigning WBA, WBO and IBF Light-Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev would square off and unify the division. But continually network deals, money, promoters and egos have prevent the fight from ever being made. Now that Kovalev has found another big money fight in Andre Ward that is planned for November, where does this leave Adonis?

 

One option is his mandatory WBC defense which is Eleider “Storm” Alvarez who was feature on the same card as Stevenson last week. Alvarez won a unanimous decision over late replacement Robert Berridge, but was far from a splashy performance. “I am happy with the win, but I would have liked a knockout! He was tough, but he did not hurt me at all and I thought that I hurt him. I am ready for my next challenge, which will hopefully be a world title fight.” Said Alvarez.

 

Chad Dawson was rumored to be eyeing a rematch with Stevenson. Dawson was the original opponent for Eleider Alvarez, but had to put out due to injury. Chad has won two straight after having a rough stretch over the past few years which included a knockout loss to Stevenson in 2013 where he loss the WBC title.

 

Joe Smith Jr. could be an option as well. Smith burst on the scene this past June with a stunning TKO win over Andrzej Fonfara. Given how easily he dispatched Fonfara and given how tight of a fight Fonfara gave Stevenson in 2014, this matchup could make sense.

 

If none of these can be made for Adonis, he could just play the waiting game. He could wait things out and see what happens in November between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev. Knowing how negotiations have went in the pass Kovalev and his promoter Main Events, a Ward win could breed another big matchup in the division. Ward’s promoter ROC Nation Sports has shown an open willingness to work with other promotions in their short time in the boxing business.

 

 

 

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).