Stevenson Leaves Another Victim, But What Is Next ?

Stevenson vs Williams Jr._07_29_2016_Fight_Dave Nadkarni _ Premier Boxing Champions
Stevenson vs Williams Jr._07_29_2016_Fight_Dave Nadkarni _ Premier Boxing Champions

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).

Matthysse Dusts Peterson in Three. Alexander Stops Purdy

ATLANTIC CITY (May 19, 2013) – It took knockout artist and WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse only three rounds to claim his 32nd knockout against IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion Lamont Peterson in front of an excited crowd Saturday night. In the co-main event from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Devon Alexander outclassed Lee Purdy with a seventh-round technical knockout win after Purdy’s corner waved the fight off.
 
Matthysse (34-2, 32 KO’s) used the first round to feel out Peterson and promptly picked up the pace in the second. The Argentine began landing with ferocity and eventually dropped Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KO’s) with a left hook late in the round. Early in the third, another left hook landed flush sending Peterson down again. The IBF World Champion beat the count, barely, and was on wobbly legs when Matthysse came in for the finish. Moments later, after the third knockdown courtesy of a left hook, referee Steve Smoger waved off the fight at 2:14 of round three.
 
During the fight SHOWTIME boxing analyst Paulie Malignaggi spoke of Matthysse’s power and said, “It is literally like a bomb exploding every time he lands a punch.”
 
After the fight, Matthysse spoke through a translator, “The first round I was trying to find out what I was bringing to the fight. After the second round I started connecting with more force. I had two and a half months of preparation for this fight and that was the difference.”
 
Feeling confident, Matthysse boasted, “Now I know I am the best at 140 pounds because no one has ever dominated Peterson the way I did tonight.”
 
When asked by SHOWTIME reporter Jim Gray if he would like to fight Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Danny Garcia, who was in attendance at Boardwalk Hall, Matthysse responded, “Golden Boy and Al Haymon will get me that fight. I’m ready for that fight. I want to fight him.”
 
Gray also spoke with Peterson right after the fight and asked how he felt following the three knockdowns. Peterson said, “I feel good. There is nothing physically wrong with me right now. Of course I am upset that I lost, but so far I feel good.”
 
On his performance, “I think I got a little lazy with the jab. I started relaxing a little bit…I guess he hit me with a good shot. He did a good job. I recovered from that first knockdown and I was okay for a while and then, eventually, he hit me again and he hurt me again. I still thought I could have fought through it but the ref did the right thing. I guess tonight he was (the better fighter). He won the fight fair and square tonight. He’s a good fighter.”
 
In the co-feature, Alexander (25-1, 14 KO’s) went to work immediately, wasting no time in taking control of the fight, confusing Purdy (20-4-1, 13 KO’s) at times with a good variation of body work and shots to the head. Purdy was able to stay in punching range for the first few rounds, even getting off some damaging shots of his own, but he was never able to hurt Alexander who easily stayed in control, firing shot after shot. After the seventh, Purdy’s corner threw in the towel.
 
Alexander admitted that he wasn’t able to fight to the best of his ability due to an injury. “I hurt my left hand in the first round actually. I hit him on top of the head. I hurt my hand, but I had to get that out of my mind. I had to fight to win. I wanted to impress tonight. My left hand was on point in camp. When I hurt my biceps, that strengthened my left hand so it would have been popping real hard, but I hurt it. I had to set it up softly. I wanted to use my hook and my upper cut but I couldn’t.”
 
He continued, “There are going to be a lot of critics saying Purdy wasn’t all that anyway, but he’s a good fighter. Over in the U.K. he beat some good guys and I think he was very suitable. He came to fight and he gave me a good fight. I got the win. I got the technical knockout.”
 
The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast featuring the dominant performance by Matthysse will replay Sunday at 9 a.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME and Tuesday, May 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME. It will be availabe on SHOWTIME On Demand beginning May 19.
 
Results from tonight’s SHOWTIME EXTREME televised preliminary bouts:
 
In a battle of unbeaten contenders, Shawn Porter (21-0-1, 14 KO’s) defeated Phil Lo Greco (25-1, 14 KO’s) via unanimous decision in a 10-round junior middleweight bout.
 
Hot prospect Thomas Williams Jr. (14-0, 10 KO’s) defeated veteran Otis Griffin (24-13-2, 10 KO’s) by unanimous decision in an 8-round light heavyweight bout.
 
2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist Anthony Ogogo (2-0, 1 KO) of England defeated Edgar Perez (5-5, 3 KO’s) via unanimous decision in a 6-round middleweight bout.