Adonis Stevenson the WBC and lineally recognized light heavyweight world champion (26-1, 21KOs) has announced that he will take on #9 rated WBC contender and massive underdog Tommy Karpency (25-4-1, 14KOs) on September 11th at the Ricoh Coliseum, in Toronto Ontario Canada. The title tilt will be televised by Premier Boxing Champions on Spike TV.
Karpency -the Ottowa native and challenger- comes into the Stevenson bout riding a four fight winning streak, including an upset split decision over former lineal and WBC 175 champion “Bad” Chad Dawson that transpired in October of last year. Karpency’s last loss came at the hands of recent Chavez Jr. conquerer Andrzej Fonfara via 7th round TKO in late 2012.
Stevenson, -who last fought in April at the Pepsi coliseum on a PBC broadcast in Quebec City, Quebec in front of a partisan crowd- picked up a unanimous decision 12 round victory over former WBC Super Middleweight champion Sakio “The Scorpion Bika” in a fight where Bika simply had no answer for “Superman’s” educated straight left hand.
This fight, much like the Kovalev bout against Mohammedi over the past weekend should be another painfully predictable “showcase” bout in which the far superior champion simply runs roughshod over a “contender” who doesn’t deserve to be in the same ring with him.
Grossly one sided mismatches such as this one epitomize all that is wrong with the current political landscape of the sport. Hopefully the “powers that be” will recognise this and bring about effective initiative to ensure that the best fighters face one another so the fans and sport of Boxing both benefit.
Hopkins and Pascal notwithstanding, the recent level of opposition faced for both Kovalev and Stevenson during their respective title reigns is absurd.