Dawson vs. Stevenson
“If I fight Andre Ward at 168, I can go fight in his home town. Then we can have a rematch at 175 and he can come to my home town to fight. That’s what I’m proposing.”—Adonis Stevenson
Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (21-1, 18 KOs) made a huge statement when he scored an explosive first round knockout against “Bad” Chad Dawson (33-3, 17 KOs) to become the new light heavyweight king. This dazzling display of sheer strength and power catapults Stevenson into the spotlight of an already interesting 168-175 pound landscape, which includes Andre Ward, Carl Froch, and living legend Bernard Hopkins to name a few. Stevenson suddenly finds himself in a unique position where a slew of lucrative opportunities are likely to surface. I was recently afforded the opportunity to speak to Stevenson about his championship winning performance, his future in boxing, and his opinions of some of the other big names who reside in and around his weight class. Here is what the new champ had to say.
GEOFFREY CIANI: Hello boxing fans. This is Geoff Ciani from East Side Boxing, and I am joined here today by the newly crowned light heavyweight champion of the world, Adonis Stevenson. Adonis, first of all, congratulations on your outstanding victory.
ADONIS STEVENSON: Thank you very much.
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During tonight’s broadcast, James and Joseph will review the major fights that took place on Saturday, June 8th, which included big victories from Adonis Stevenson, Erislandy Lara, Marcos Maidana, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Marco Huck, and many more. Continue reading
Adonis Stevenson (21-1, 18 KO’s) snatched the title from WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KO’s) tonight by knocking him out in the 1st round with a vicious left hand to the head in the 1st round at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Canada.
Although Dawson got back to his feet after the knockdown, there was no way he was going to be able to survive the round. The referee stopped the fight after noticing that Dawson wasn’t all there.
It was a miracle that Dawson got up from the knockdown because he was really tagged by that shot. He was trying to land a punch of his own and he leaned into a big left hand from Stevenson. Continue reading
Adonis Stevenson (20-1, 17 KO’s) may be moving up a class tonight in taking on WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KO’s) in a crucial fight in his career, but he’s not worried at all about being out of his league in this fight.
The 35-year-old Stevenson expects to be able to knock the 6’1” Dawson out just like he’s been doing with his opponents from the super middleweight. Stevenson doesn’t see any difference. He believes he’ll hurt Dawson just like hurt guys from the 168 lb. division. Continue reading
Saturday’s HBO Boxing After Dark doubleheader airs live from Montreal’s Bell Centre at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The opening bout features the return of Yuriorkis Gamboa as he takes on Darleys Perez in a scheduled 12-round fight in the lightweight division. The main event of the evening pits light heavyweight champ Chad Dawson against Adonis Stevenson in a title bout scheduled for 12 rounds.
Weights from Montreal:
Chad Dawson: 173.4
Adonis Stevenson: 174.2
Yuriorkis Gamboa: 134.2
Darleys Perez: 134.6
#1 WBC Tony Bellew is picking WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KO’s) to defeat the hard hitting but still largely unproven Adonis Stevenson (20-1, 17 KO’s) this Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Continue reading
WORLD BOXING COUNCIL NEWS
June 5, 2013 – Mexico City.
From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:
WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship
HBO’s late-night boxing franchise goes north of the border for the intriguing doubleheader HBO BOXING AFTER DARK: CHAD DAWSON VS. ADONIS STEVENSON AND YURIORKIS GAMBOA VS. DARLEYS PEREZ, presented SATURDAY, JUNE 8 at 10:00 p.m. (live ET/tape-delayed PT) from the Bell Centre in Montreal. The HBO Sports broadcast team of Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman and Andre Ward will be ringside for the event, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino.
Other HBO playdates: June 9 (11:30 a.m.) and 10 (11:30 p.m.)
HBO2 playdates: June 9 (4:30 p.m.) and 11 (midnight) Continue reading
Fight fans in the UK are in for a huge night of televised boxing this coming Saturday night/early Sunday morning – those fans who have access to BoxNation and Sky Sports especially, although there will be terrestrial action on Channel 5.
BoxNation have secured the rights to the third instalment of the Marco Huck-Ola Afolabi series, which will take place in Berlin, Germany. Then, in the early hours of Sunday morning, BoxNation viewers will be able to tune in to the anticipated thriller that is Marcos Maidana Vs. Josesito Lopez, the action coming from Carson, California. This card also features the WBA interim title fight between light-middleweights Erislandy Lara and Alfredo Angulo. Continue reading
NEW YORK, June 3, 2013 – Highly touted Puerto Rican boxer Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (12-0, 8 KO’s) is ready to return to the ring after defeating veteran Mexican Gerardo Zayas by TKO in the first round last February in Puerto Rico. Continue reading