Adonis Stevenson Makes Quick Work of Andrzej Fonfara in Knockout Win
June 3, 2017 Share

Adonis Stevenson Makes Quick Work of Andrzej Fonfara in Knockout Win

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña

Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, Adonis Stevenson (29-1, 24 KO’s) stepped into the ring to make his the eighth defense of his WBC Light Heavyweight title when he took on Andrzej Fonfara, (29-5, 17 KO’s) for the second time in his career. The Haitian-born Canadian, Stevenson first battled Fonfara in May of 2014. A fight where Fonfara rose up off the canvas to eventually come back to knock Stevenson down in the ninth round. Fonfara had Stevenson in major trouble but Stevenson hung on to win a unanimous decision by scores of 116-109, 115-110 and 115-110. Like the first fight it was Stevenson who clobbered Fonfara with a solid counter left that floored Fonfara in the first round. Fonfara beat the count but continued to be punished by Stevenson, before being saved by the bell. To start the second it was much of the same as Fonfara never could regain his composer. Stevenson landed several big shots before Virgil Hunter jumped up on the mat to waive off the fight. “He was hurt in the first round and I told him (Fonfara) not even to throw a punch to start the second just defend, but it’s a game of inches and that’s all it took to put him in distress” stated Virgil Hunter after the bout.

“I was focused and you seen what happened, my hands were very good and you seen what happened, Fonfara is very dangerous, but I was very ready, I took my time and I finished the job” stated Stevenson “I’m the greatest and I’m the king, I’m Superman baby and whoever Al Haymon puts me in with I’ll be ready.” After the fight  Fonfara was asked about the stoppage he stated “You know I have family, Virgil was protecting me, Stevenson is a great fighter and has a great left hand that could have knocked me out, Stevenson is a great champion”

In the Co-main event of the evening former WBC champion Jean Pascal (31-5-1, 17 KO’s) looked to upset the undefeated WBC Silver Light Heavyweight Champion Eleider Alvarez (23-0, 11 KO’s) in an elimination bout to determine which of them gets to challenge the Stevenson-Fonfara winner, possibly later this year. From the opening bell both fighters exchanged bombs, but it was Pascal who came out very aggressive landing several big shots and hurting Alvarez in the opening round. Alvarez gained his composer in the corner after the round and came out firing big combinations and timing his jab. Alvarez wobbled Pascal on several occasions in the early and middle rounds, as he established his reach and effectively picked Pascal apart. Pascal seemed to rally somewhat in the later rounds but never found an answer for the solid jab Alvarez snapped throughout the fight. After twelve solid rounds of action the three judges handed back a majority decision with the scores of 114-114, overruled by the scores 117-111, 116-112, for the winner Eleider Alvarez. After the fight Alvarez stated “I was well prepared and ready for this fight and although I’m the number one contender, real champions fights these type of fights, and they’ll be no doubt I’ll be ready for the title bout” with the victory Alvarez becomes the mandatory challenger for Adonis Stevenson.

Photos by Stephanie Trapp for Showtime Boxing