Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Adonis Stevenson retains WBC title with TKO-6 over Bellew

QUEBEC — It wasn’t so much a question of if as much as it was, when?

It was obvious Adonis Stevenson was too strong and powerful for Tony Bellew on Saturday night at Colisée Pepsi. It was obvious Stevenson was too relentless and could force his will on the challenger. What remained to be determined was how long Bellew could absorb the punishment.

The answer: Not quite half the fight.

Stevenson retained his World Boxing Council light-heavyweight title with a technical knockout at 1:50 of the sixth round against Bellew before more than 8,000 spectators.

Bellew, who spent most of the bout retreating and clearly was in no mood to trade punches with the powerful southpaw, was dropped for the first time from a left hand. Although Bellew arose quickly, he was trapped in his corner and got hit with a thunderous left hand. It seemed as though Bellew’s eyes rolled back in his head. Stevenson landed one more left before referee Michael Griffin halted the proceedings.

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