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MONTRÉAL - WBC light heavyweight champion of the world, the Montréal southpaw Adonis Stevenson was a very attentive spectator Saturday evening when the Russian Sergey Kovalev kept his WBO world title in Atlantic City, in beating the American Cedric Agnew by KO in the seventh round. Kovalev (24-0-1), who dominated easily the bout, provoked three knockdowns during this second defense of this WBO 175 pounds world title. For Agnew, it was a first defeat after 26 wins in a row.
November 30th in the ring of the Québec City Colisée, Kovalev beat the Ukrenian Ismay Sillah (21-2-0) by KO in less than two rounds, just before that Stevenson (23–1-0) kept his WBC belt in stopping the British Tony Bellew (21-2-1) in the seventh round.
Stevenson has been involved in three WBC light heavyweight championship bouts, and he won all them by KO or TKO (Chad Dawson is the first round, Tavoris Cloud at the end of the seventh round). “If the people around Kovalev were impressed Saturday evening, I was not at all, said Stevenson. Kovalev is a busy fighter, it’s true, but he proved again he has a very poor defense. Agnew was boxing extremely defensively, but each time he threw a punch, he got Kovalev right in the face. Kovalev was lucky that Agnew is not a hard puncher. Trust me, Kovalev would not stay on his feet against me. He is unable to block shots coming from southpaws, and I know and you know I have a destroying power. Each time I would hit him to the head, I would hurt him seriously. Yes, I really hope to face Kovalev eventually.”
Stevenson said “eventually”, because Kovalev cannot be in his plans on a short term. Stevenson was supposed to face Kovalev next September in Montréal in a HBO boxing night. But Stevenson changed his team last week. He signed a new contract with Showtime. In the circumstances, obviously, Stevenson, now, is closer to the IBF world champion, Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2), who is also associated to Showtime.
Stevenson will make his debut with Showtime May 24th at Bell Centre in Montréal, where he will defend his WBC belt for the third time, in facing the Polish Andrzej Fonfara (25-2-0), who is living in Chicago.
Written by Daniel Cloutier - www.pound4pound.com