3 More Rounds

Stevenson knocks out Williams Jr

Photos: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions

Photos: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions

Light heavyweight champ Adonis Stevenson successfully defended his title on Friday night with a fourth-round knockout over Thomas Williams Jr. at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Canada.

Headlining the Premier Boxing Champions card on Spike, Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) ran roughshod over Williams (20-2, 14 KOs) by applying loads of pressure to counter Williams’ early attack.

“It was a firefight,” said Stevenson. “He put pressure on me so I decided to put pressure on him too. It was a fight with two guys who could punch and it was spectacular.”

In that first round, Stevenson floored Williams with a straight left hand, but Williams survived and made it out of the round.  Stevenson however, continued to pop the jab and kept Williams on his heels, which forced him to change his strategy.  Williams’ switch to throwing more power punches seemed to work, as he stunned Stevenson a few times with counter rights.

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In the third round, both fighters exchanged heavy blows, with each one getting stunned, though it was Williams who suffered a cut over his left eye.  In the opening moments of the fourth, a low blow from Stevenson sent Williams down to the canvas.

A few moments later, Stevenson landed a crushing left hand that put Williams down, prompting referee Michael Griffin to stop the fight.

In the opening bout, Eleider Alvarez (20-0, 10 KOs) earned a unanimous decision victory over Robert Berridge (27-5, 21 KOs) in a 10-round light heavyweight clash.

Alvarez, who is a contender for Stevenson’s title, worked Berridge over with a body attack and kept Berridge at a distance with his jab.

Scores were 99-90 and 98-92 twice.

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