Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Adonis Stevenson KOs Chad Dawson in first round

“Superman don’t need no seat belt.”—Muhammad Ali

Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, Adonis Stevenson (21-1, 18 KOs), aka Superman, in his first fight at light heavyweight, lived up to his ring moniker by KO’ing WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-3, 17 KOs) with a single punch at 1:16 of the very first round.

Dawson, fighting out of the red corner in black and red trunks, came out at the opening bell using his height and speed to full advantage. But Stevenson, fighting out of the blue corner and wearing Kronk gold, was determined to test Dawson, and the sooner the better.

Ignoring the body to go headhunting, a left hand dropped Dawson as though he’d been shot. Bad Chad struggled to his feet and beat the count, but was in no shape to continue. Referee Michael Griffin wisely waved it off.

After the fight, Stevenson said, “Do you know why people don’t want to fight me? Do you understand now? You know Kessler, Froch, they don’t want to fight me. Now you know why. The game plan was to use my speed, put the pressure, and as soon as I had a good chance, I put my left on top. I catch him, and that’s a beautiful punch.

“Emanuel Steward he told me if you have a chance to mix it with Chad Dawson or Tavoris Cloud, take the fight, you’re going to knock them out easy. So I take the fight and that’s what happens now. It’s a dream come true. I worked very hard for this fight. I’m world champion. I’m very happy. I want to unify the title with Bernard Hopkins. I want to fight Andre Ward.”

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