In a one-sided mismatch, WBC 175lb champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) obliterated No.9 Tommy “Kryptonite” Karpency (25-5-1, 14 KOs) by a 3rd round knockout tonight at the Ricoh Coliseum, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Stevenson knocked Karpency down twice in the fight. The bout was stopped 21 seconds into the 3rd round after Stevenson dropped a hurt Karpency with a chopping left to the head. Karpency got to his feet, but the referee waived it off.
Near the end of the 2nd, Stevenson hurt Karpency with a scorching left to the head that wobbled him. Stevenson then knocked him down with a right followed by a left. Karpency likely would have fallen even if Stevenson hadn’t hit him again because his legs were completely gone. Time expired in the round while Karpency was on the canvas. He was still able to get up to beat the count and survive the round.
Early in the 1st round, Stevenson hurt Karpency with a big left to the head that buckled his knees. Karpency was able to survive the shot, but he was very cautious for the remainder of the round.
“Kovalev, you’re easy work. It’s time to unify the titles. I want to win the unification titles,” Stevenson said.
Stevenson should have fought Kovalev when he was still fighting on the same network as him on HBO. Now that the two fighters are on different networks, it’s pretty much an impossibility for them to fight each other.
Unbeaten 154lb prospect Prichard Colon (16-0, 13 KOs) defeated former WBA 140lb champ Vivian Harris (32-11-2, 19 KOs) in scoring a 4th round stoppage win. The much younger 22-year-old Colon landed a four-punch combination to the head in the 4th to put Harris down on the canvas. He was unable to get back up to beat the count and the fight was subsequently stopped.
In the most interesting fight of the night undefeated No.8 WBA 147lb contender Errol Spence (18-0, 15 KOs) stopped No.7 IBF Chris Van Heerden (23-2-1, 12 KOs) in the 8th round. Spence put Van Heerden down on the canvas two times in the 7th round with big power shots. In the 8th, Spence nailed a hurt Van Heerden at will with monstrous punches to the head and body until the referee stopped the contest.
Spence, 25, looked really good, and he showed in the fight why many boxing fans see him as the future of the welterweight division. He looks capable of beating almost anyone in the welterweight division right now apart from Floyd Mayweather Jr.