Adonis Stevenson is a bomber, a true version, with all apologies to foe Tony "The Bomber" Bellew, and he proved it at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec on Saturday night, in a light heavyweight tussle which unfolded after Sergey Kovalev's demolition job on Ismayl Sillakh.
Stevenson is a patient demolition man, who looked for holes in his British foe, and then dropped the hammers on him, scoring a win at 1:50 of the sixth, via TKO. The straight left hand from the southpaw was something Bellew couldn't shrug off.
After, Adonis told Max Kellerman that he enjoyed the win, because Bellew had talked a lot of trash. He'd been called a "dwarf" by the Brit but I don't know of any dwarfs that hit so hard...Next? Adonis said he'd fight Kovalev, if the money is right, but he more so wants Carl Froch or Bernard Hopkins.
HBO showed the scraps. Bellew (from Liverpool; age 31; 190 on fight night ) was 175 pounds, while the WBC light heavy champ Stevenson (from Haiti, living in Canada; age 36, 189 on fight night) was 174 1/2. Stevenson had been trained and managed by Emanuel Steward before he passed away last year.
In the first, Bellew stayed cool and smart and landed the best punch of the round, a right. Adonis assessed him, scouted him, looked for holes to exploit. In the second, we saw more cautiousness from each. Bellew didn't want to get caught, and he respected the power.
In the third, we saw blood from Adonis' nose early. He worked to the body as he closed the distance. Straight lefts touched and buzzed Bellew a couple times, just a bit. After the round, Sugar Hill asked Adonis to change the rhythm. Adonis went down early in the fourth but it was ruled a slip. Did a left hook behind the head do it? Then Adonis righted himself, and got to stalking.
In the fifth, Adonis dropped his hands even lower, and yapped at Bellew. The Brit wasn't winning rounds so we wondered what his gameplan was. In the sixth, down went Bellew. The left did it and he was up at 1:29. It landed on the chin and put Bellew on his butt. The ref ended it as Bellew was caught in a corner after that. The ref did a fine job leaping in there to end it.