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!