Sunday, January 5, 2014

Superman reigns supreme: Adonis Stevenson is’s 2013 Fighter of the Year

Adonis Stevenson is’s 2013 “Fighter of the Year”!

Ace Freeman: Adonis Stevenson

As far as I’m concerned there was only one clear cut choice for 2013′s “Fighter of the Year”, and that’s Canada’s Adonis Stevenson. Sure, some other great fighters had good years, but this was a whole other level. Stevenson went 4-0 (4 KOs) in 2013. He started with avenging his only career defeat by devastating knockout when he iced Darnell Boone in March. Just three months later, in his second fight at light heavyweight, he captured the linear and undisputed 175-pound title by one-punch knockout over then reigning champion Chad Dawson. He followed up that impressive feat with with a one sided drubbing of top contender Tavoris Cloud in September, and just two months later obliterated his WBC mandatory challenger Tony Bellew in six rounds. This was a banner year for Adonis Stevenson who stood clearly ahead of the pack in 2013.

Joe Bruiser: Adonis Stevenson

There were several contenders for Fighter of the Year in 2013: Floyd Mayweather, Timothy Bradley, Danny Garcia, Sergey Kovalev, Guillermo Rigondeaux and even Marcos Maidana, but in my opinion Stevenson all but had this award wrapped up by September with the statement he made via his shellacking of durable, former champion Tavoris Cloud. It was the first of two 2013 defenses he would make of the light heavyweight title that he had ripped from the clutches of Chad Dawson only three months earlier. Stevenson fought four times in 2013, avenging the only loss of his career against Darnell Boone in March, flattening the true light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson in June, destroying Cloud in a very one-sided defense three months after that, and then stopping his mandatory challenger in Tony Bellew only two months after that. Four knockout victories while garnering and defending the light heavyweight championship of the world makes Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson my 2013 Fighter of the Year.

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