At 38 time is not on the side of Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson. As things stand the Quebec fighters’ career will be defined by a devastating knockout punch and a fight that never materialised.
Stevenson 27-1(22KO’s) has been dominant since destroying Chad Dawson in a single round back in 2013.
That punch stamped his authority as a star on the rise, an 8th KO in a row since his only career loss – later avenged – to Darnell Boone (L TKO 2).
But after dominating Tavoris Cloud and Tony Bellew in his ensuing fights, the lack of an agreement to square off with Sergey Kovalev led to the growth in frustration.
Points wins over Andrzej Fonfara and Sakio Bika hardly drew the plaudits, and neither did uninspiring foes Tommy Karpency and Dmitry Sukhotsky whom both were stopped.
Now deep into his reign as WBC Light Heavyweight champion, he faces the exciting but vulnerable Thomas Williams Jr 20-1(14KO’s).
His 7th defence will be overseen by Al Haymon, and aired on Spike in both the US and UK, and in order to keep his name relevant he must win in impressive fashion.
Andre Ward’s November showdown with Sergey Kovalev will take all of the headlines this year in the 175lbs division, meaning Stevenson must make an impression on Friday as well as grabbing some headlines with his next voluntary opponent choice.
Williams is a quality boxer with a whack, he is often wild and sometimes neglects to set his looping left hand up with the jab from the Southpaw stance.
The last thing that Williams will want to do in the ring with Stevenson is exchange left hands – Stevenson’s best and most lethal weapon.
Today’s final press conference from Canada via Boxing Channel YouTube:
Williams’ career took a wrong turn when he was cut and retired after the 5th round of his coming out party on ESPN.
Gabriel Campillo was supposed to be an opponent to elevate Williams to the higher echelons of the Light Heavyweight weight class, but it turned into a vast self-examination.
But three wins later and Williams has the shot of his life, a chance to claim a world title in his prime – he is now 28 – and in Stevenson he faces a quality world champion, but one who many believe has flaws, and with the chances that motivation is not high right now for the champion, an upset in a thriller could be on the cards.
But even in destroying the durable Edwin Rodriguez in 2 rounds, Williams’ own flaws were as wide open as his defence.
He was popped on many occasions, but Rodriguez did not have enough in his arsenal to land a finishing blow, while Williams ultimately did.
It was a picturesque knockout, but now it is time for a more educated performance. Stevenson has not looked his usual self in recent outings, and Williams could find that he has stepped into the Centre Videotron at just the right time.
But after a bright start from the American, Stevenson’s mind will be focused once again. There really are many ways this fight could go, and it may all rest on the shoulders of Williams.
If the challenger takes chances then the fight could be drawn to a close by the halfway point, but if he feels the power of Stevenson and looks for an alternative way to come out on top then the fight could draw out into a far less dramatic conclusion.
Adonis Stevenson vs Thomas Williams Jr Prediction:
But the pick is for Williams to give it his all, surviving a knockdown or two before the referee comes to his rescue at about the round 8 mark.
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