Adonis Stevenson (pictured) posted a sixth-round TKO over Tony Bellew.
Quebec City, QC (SportsNetwork.com) -
Adonis Stevenson defended his WBC light heavyweight title on Saturday with a sixth-round TKO over mandatory challenger Tony Bellew.
Stevenson (22-1, 19 KOs), who has successfully defended his title twice, landed a hard left hand to the head of Bellew, snapping the contender's head back and rendering him completely defenseless. With Bellew unable to defend himself, the referee was forced to step in and stop the fight.
Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KOs) was knocked to the mat earlier in the round.
"Superman," "Krusher" on collision course... sort of
By Lyle Fitzsimmons, Boxing Contributing Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
With wins over Tony Bellew and Ismayl Sillakh on the post-Pacquiao card from separatist-land in Quebec City, 175-pound claimants Adonis Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev set up for an imminent chance to pursue the Network of Champions version of light heavyweight supremacy.
And while Showtime may be on the verge of a clear decision when it comes to which cable provider had a better year, HBO blow-by-blow man Jim Lampley was spot-on in referring to Stevenson going in as the "legitimate" kingpin in the division - which, by definition, makes a follow-up date with the unbeaten Russian its most must-see TV.
It's got all the elements of classic primetime drama.