‘Superman’ still flying high!

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Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

What a year it’s been for Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson. Four times the ‘man of steel’ has fought in 2013 and four times he’s won.
On November 30, not only did he deny challenger, Tony ‘Bomber’ Bellew, from claiming a world title, he ruined his birthday too. Stevenson has now successfully defended the WBC and Ring Magazine light heavyweight belts for a second time.

Stevenson, now 23(20)-1-0, was in control for as long as the fight lasted.
The 36-year-old controlled center ring throughout, showing great defensive qualities with his movement and reflexes. When Stevenson landed, Bellew felt his power. It was clear to see that Bellew, 31, was sticking to a gameplan, but he did not not have much success landing punches. He did, however, manage to make the champion miss at times with his own movement, but Stevenson just bided his time.

Bellew, who slips to 20(12)-2-1, showed Stevenson much respect, knowing that the champion has dynamite in those fists of his. At the end of the 3rd, Bellew showed signs of frustration as he went back to his corner, but at the start of the 4th he came out with more purpose.
The Liverpudlian wanted to show Stevenson what he was made of as the two threw bombs. Stevenson actually crashed to the canvas during the 4th round, but feet got tangled prior to him falling over.

In the 6th, Stevenson nailed Bellew with a left hand which sent the Scouser to the canvas. Bellew was able to rise to his feet and told the referee he wanted to continue. In the same round, Bellew was wobbled from another left hand and on shaky legs, giving the referee no option but to intervene and wave off the fight.

Bellew will be devastated after this defeat and will take time out to think about where to go next. For Stevenson, he showed he was a class above Bellew and that he’s more than just a puncher. He may now have just sealed his status as fighter of the year too. He’s in form and on top of the world right now, but there is one opponent that many fans believe would beat him; Russian knockout artist, Sergey Kovalev, the WBO light heavyweight champion.
Kovalev defended his belt on the same night knocking out, Ismayl Sillakh, brutally in two rounds. Kovalev’s a true punching monster and if a matchup with Stevenson is made, we would find out who the true ‘man of steel’ is at 175lbs. Let’s hope we see it!

Bellew set to collide with ‘Superman’!

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Colisee de Quebec, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Morning, noon and night, for the past 12 weeks, Liverpool’s Tony ‘The Bomber’ Bellew has been thinking non-stop about Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson; the WBC and Ring magazine light heavyweight world champion.

Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KO’s), craves those titles so much, he is willing to do whatever it takes to get his hands on them. The 30-year-old can expect a frosty reception in Quebec on November 30, but he is not fazed one bit about his surroundings or his opponent; he certainly means business. Bellew refuses to believe the hype surrounding ‘The man of steel’ and believes he’s going to beat Stevenson up and man handle him on his way to victory.

Stevenson (22-1-0, 19 KO’s), is flying high in 2013. The Haiti-born, Quebec native has fought three times this year and won each time; looking mightily impressive in the process. The 36-year-old southpaw is a fearsome puncher (just ask Chad Dawson), but he’s also got boxing ability and a boxing brain. Stevenson’s a hungry champion and supremely confident also, fully intent on knocking Bellew out cold.

There would be no better way for Bellew to celebrate his 31st birthday then to celebrate it as a world champion, but he’s a big underdog in this matchup. Bellew does, however, have advantages in size, reach and height, so we will see whether everything can come together on the night to cause the upset.

“Superman” soaring to new heights!

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Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, successfully defended the WBC light heavyweight title on September 28. He dominated former World titlist, Tavoris Cloud, over 7 rounds at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Stevenson, coming off a spectacular victory over former WBC light heavyweight titlist, Chad Dawson, in June, now looks like a fighter who has reached his peak in the sport.
The 36-year-old native of Haiti, showcased his boxing skills on the night and never allowed Cloud to gain any sort of foothold during the contest.

Cloud, 31, is an experienced fighter, who defended the IBF 175lbs strap four times from August 2010 to February 2012. He was seen as a very live undedog going into the contest; expected to possibly expose Stevenson as a “one-trick pony” and capable of withstanding “Superman’s” power to take him into the latter rounds. This proved not to be the case. Stevenson grinded Cloud down, picking his shots systematically, ruthlessly and confidently to keep hold of the lineal championship.
Cloud’s corner had no alternative but to stop the fight after the 7th round.

Cloud just didn’t let his hands go all night and didn’t throw his right hand nearly enough. I’m not taking anything away from Stevenson’s performance; because he was excellent, but I believe that Cloud made life easier for him too. Cloud might have been expecting Stevenson to come out all guns blazing, throwing bombs, but the Stevenson that showed up on the night may have startled Cloud to a degree.

Stevenson’s record moves to 22(19)-1-0 after this win, whilst Cloud slips to 24(19)-2-0.

“Superman” is most certainly flying high right now!

“Superman” looks to keep his momentum going!

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On June 8, 2013, it took Adonis “Superman” Stevenson just 76 seconds to announce himself on the World stage; landing a devastating left hand to rip the WBC light heavyweight title from “Bad” Chad Dawson’s clutches. This Saturday night, Stevenson aims to produce the goods once again as he attempts to keep the lineal championship with victory over Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud.

Stevenson, 21(18)-1-0, made his pro debut in 2006 at the age of 29. It was a late start in to boxing but he has most certainly made up for lost time. After 13 straight wins, Stevenson suffered the first and only loss of his career to date at the hands of journeyman Darnell Boone; who knocked Stevenson out in two rounds. “Superman” wiped the dust off his cape to record six straight wins inside the distance, with two of those wins coming by way of knockout. Stevenson then avenged the defeat to Boone in March earlier this year; crushing him in six rounds.

A move up from super middleweight to light heavyweight to face Dawson for the WBC 175lb title had some people questioning Stevenson’s ability to carry his power up the weights. The southpaw, though, went from relative obscurity to champion of the world in stunning fashion; proving that he really has dynamite in his left hand. That win sent shock waves through the light heavyweight division. The manner in which the 36-year-old native of Haiti beat the former WBC champ was frightening and impressive. Stevenson now faces Tavoris Cloud in only his second fight at light heavyweight.

Cloud, 24(19)1-0, claimed the vacant IBF 175lb strap back in 2009 after outworking a durable Clinton Woods over 12 absorbing rounds. Cloud retained the IBF belt twelve months later, seeing off the battle-hardened Glen Johnson with victory coming via unanimous decision. Just four months after beating Johnson, the 31-year-old Tallahassee, Florida-native, came up against Columbian knockout artist, Fulgencio Zuniga. The Columbian was down but not out on two occasions during the contest, but was able to hear the final bell. He was, however, well beaten on points.

Cloud successfully defended the IBF crown for the third time in June 2011, stopping Yusaf Mack in 8 rounds. In Cloud’s fourth defense, his opponent; Spaniard, Gabriel Campillo, was on the receiving end of a controversial points defeat. Many who had observed the action believed that Campillo should have been awarded the win.

Cloud and Jean Pascal were then pencilled in to face each other last August, but Pascal withdrew due to a hand injury. Bernard Hopkins stepped in and took on Cloud at a later date which came on March 9 earlier this year. Cloud really did meet his match on this occasion. Hopkins was far too crafty and sharp over the 12 rounds and he now has possession of the IBF light heavyweight title.

Adonis Stevenson-Tavoris Cloud has the makings to be an incredibly exciting matchup. Stevenson has now proven that he can bang at 175lbs. He has said that he wasn’t surprised that he knocked out Chad Dawson, because power is power and he’s a power puncher. Stevenson, though, may need to showcase his all-round skills on the night if the fight becomes a tactical affair.

Cloud has proven over the years that he has punching power too. It’ll be interesting to see how Stevenson’s chin holds up if Cloud lands clean. Cloud can also box and fights aggressively and he has a very good chin, but if Stevenson lands something concrete on the button Cloud may crumble.

Cloud has fought at a higher level to Stevenson, but boxing’s all about timing and Cloud may just come up against a fighter who has reached his peak.

“Superman” returns and he is intent on proving he is “The Man of Steel”; but “Thunder” could strike!