Stevenson retains title but tested by Fonfara
- Updated: May 24, 2014
Adonis Stevenson successfully defended his light heavyweight title tonight in Montreal against Andrzej Fonfara, but not before getting tested in the second half of their fight.
Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) came out strong at the start, putting in work to the body, which would pay off later in the fight. In the second round, Stevenson connected with a left to the chin that sent Fonfara down. Stevenson went for the KO after Fonfara made it to his feet, but he seemed to expend a bit too much energy in the process.
In the fifth, Stevenson landed a left to the stomach that sent a badly hurt Fonfara down for the second time in the fight. Fonfara again made it to his feet but it was obvious that the body punching was starting to take effect. However, Fonfara began to look a bit more comfortable in the sixth, seventh and eighth rounds, while Stevenson started to slow down.
In the ninth, Fonfara fired a left hand up the middle that caught Stevenson on the jaw and put him down on the seat of his pants. Stevenson, who looked exhausted by this point, took his time getting off the canvas and proceeds to take punishment until the end of the round.
Stevenson regained his composure in the 10th round though and fought well in the 11th. In the final round, both fighters gave it their all, as they landed a high percentage of power punches until the final bell rang.
Final scores were 115-110, 115-110 and 116-109 for Stevenson.
After the fight, Showtime’s Jim Gray asked Stevenson about the previously agreed upon fight against Sergey Kovalev, who oddly enough fights for rival HBO, for which Stevenson said he’d still like to fight at some point. Stevenson’s next fight however, could very well be against fellow light heavyweight champ Bernard Hopkins.