Stevenson, Kovalev Destroy Foes With KOs

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Adonis Stevenson knocked out mandatory challenger Tony Bellew in round six of their twelve round scheduled bout Saturday night in Quebec to retain the Ring Magazine and WBC light heavyweight titles. hi-res-7413858_crop_north

Bellew had the right idea by entered the ring with a a clear plan, lots of movement to keep himself out of the line of fire, but came up short on the power side of battle. Exchanging blows in the early rounds, Bellew found some success landing sneaky right hands within the openings his movement produced unfortunately for him, Stevenson for the most part walked right through them.

As action continued, Stevenson adjusted to Bellew’s rhythm, cut the ring off, and began connecting with his signature straight left hand. Once activated, it was like the ball on the string of a paddle landing almost every time it was thrown. Snapping Bellew’s head back Stevenson relaxed into the fight and spent most of the rounds engaged with his hand down. At the 1:42 minute mark of round six, Stevenson distracted Bellew with a jab downstairs and followed with a straight left that sent Bellew sprawling on the canvas. Surviving the count with a lot of time left in the round, Bellew emerged only to find himself being stalked once more. Battering Bellew with two more hard left hands, ring referee Michael Griffin stopped action with Superman finding his hand raised as the victor.

“He said I’m a Dwarf, the dwarf knocked him out man.”

Expecting Stevenson to call out Kovalev in the post fight interview? I’m sorry to disappoint you.

(when asked about meeting Kovalev) – “I don’t have a problem if HBO put the money but the fans of Quebec City want Carl Froch or Bernard Hopkins. I don’t have a problem for Kovalev but the fans want Froch or Hopkins.”

185188391In the night’s co-featured bout, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev took only two rounds to taunt and claim his latest victim, Ismayl Sillakh, by knock out .

In the build up to this match the taller, longer Sillakh was expected to bring speed and movement to the ring to challenge the strong, forward charging Kovalev. An evenly matched round one displayed an agile, moving Sillakh who used his superior reach and speed to connect while Kovalev worked his way inside with the jab. Early into round 2 Kovalev connected with a vicious right hand near the ear and temple of Sillakh that sent him to the canvas. Surviving the count, Sillakh appeared dazed and confused with blood streaming from his nose. As soon as ring referee Marlon Wright resumed the fight, Kovalev pounced to action connecting with a right-left combination that sent Sillakh rolling on the canvas like there was a fire drill happening.

In the post fight interview, Kovalev says he is open for Adonis Stevenson or any champion in the division but when pressed would prefer Stevenson. Who could blame him?

Early predictions, (although this fight won’t happen for a while in my opinion) who gets the win? Stevenson or Kovalev? As long as they both continue dominating, the collision is inevitable.

Photo Credit: Eric Bolte – USA Today

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