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Stevenson Knocks Out Sukhotskiy in Five

By Marc Livitz:
Adonis Stevenson got tired of waiting for the knockout to present itself this evening at the Pepsi Coliseum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. For just a bit, the hometown crowd did as well. The wait was over in flash in round five as he scored three knockdowns in the period to impressively dominate Dmitry Sukhotskiy in defense of his light heavyweight title. 

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Sukhotskiy used an extended left hand to try and gage the distance between himself and "Superman" Stevenson in the opening round. The orthodox fighter followed southpaw Adonis to satisfactory effect throughout the period although he did get tagged more than once by the champion’s right jab. A few Montreal dissenters voiced their displeasure at the lack of action in round two.

Adonis was trying to get inside, yet Dmitry was just far enough away until a quick one-two found a home upon his chin. The straight left accentuated by a push sent Sukhotskiy to the canvas with about twenty five seconds to spare in the second. He appeared to be just fine as the action went to round three.


Adonis used the ring to great effect as the third was underway. He timed his shots and as before, he was using the left jab to his advantage and a few more hard lefts caught Sukhotskiy on the face. Dmitry was pawing while Adonis was punching. There was a feeling of an oncoming rush of sorts from the Haitian born champion. The Russian’s guard was slowly dropping and Adonis was getting closer and closer. 

Stevenson worked the body a bit more, which was causing his opponent to square up whenever he tried to answer back. He paid the price just over sixty seconds into the fifth as he walked straight into a cannon left from Adonis. The perfectly timed shot caught Sukhotskiy squarely on the chin. He laid on the canvas for a bit and as before rose to his feet before the count reached ten. Two more shots from the champion sent him right back down. He rose yet again and went on to try and grab, hold and grasp for survival in the fifth round.

As he looked to perhaps time some sort of an answer to Stevenson’s constant pressure, the end would come for him courtesy of another straight left to the chin. He appeared exhausted at this point as he was unable to brace his third and final fall of the round. Referee Michael Griffin didn’t bother to count. The lineal Ring Magazine as well as WBC champion, Adonis "Superman" Stevenson won tonight by way of a fifth round knockout over Dmitry Sukhotskiy at the 2:43 mark. 


"I am the big champion and you have to come to me", said the victorious Stevenson after the fight in regard to a light heavyweight unification bout with this Spring’s bout between Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal. He improved his record to (24-1, 20 KO’s) while Dmitry Sukhotskiy suffered his first knockout loss as a professional and fell to (22-3, 16 KO’s).

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December 19, 2014

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