By Derek Bonnett: In boxing, it has long been said that power is the great equalizer. However, anyone around the fight game has watched fighters with great power neutralized by more reliable assets such as speed, defense, movement, or a steady jab. Of all the great attributes to have in the sport, power is possibly the most easily diffused. Yet, power is making a comeback. In recent months, boxing fans have been treated to power exhibitions by fighters literally punching their way to the top echelon of their divisions the good old fashioned way. Sergey Kovalev, Gennady Golovkin, Lucas Martin Matthysse, Mikey Garcia, Roman Gonzalez, Kazuto Ioka, and, most recently, Adonis Stevenson have put themselves in great standing in the boxing world. Not just for their big punch, which leads to highlight reel KO endings, but because each man holds the key to diffusing an entirely different factor in the sport of boxing: the controversy. When you can hit like the aforementioned crew, who needs scorecards?
On Saturday, June 8, at Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Chad Dawson was stopped by Adonis Stevenson in the first round of a WBC light heavyweight title bout. The end came at the 1:16 mark after Dawson was dropped by a left cross. Stevenson claimed the title and moved his record to 21-1 (18). Dawson crashed to 31-3 (17).
Stevenson, recently removed from the SecondsOut super middleweight rankings, debuts at number one in the light heavyweight division. Dawson fell from second to sixth. Bernard Hopkins was pushed from first to second. The previously six through nine contender each fell one ranking. Denis Grachev exited to make room for Stevenson.
Also on the card, Yuriorkis Gamboa defeated Darley Perez by unanimous decision in a twelve round lightweight bout. Gamboa picked up the interim WBA belt after dropping Perez in the second to secure the win by scores of 116-111 twice and 115-112. Gamboa raised his ledger to 23-0 (16). Perez dipped to 28-1 (19).
Gamboa, previously ranked at 130, entered the SecondsOut lightweight rankings at number four. The previously ranked four through nine contenders each fell one ranking. Paulus Moses exited to make room.
Also on this date, at Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany, Marco Huck won a majority decision over Ola Afolabi in a twelve round WBO cruiserweight title bout. This was the third encounter between the two, which Huck took 2-0-1. Huck raised his record to 36-2-1 and made his eleventh title defense. Afolabi fell to 19-3-4 (9). The scores seemed far too close in a fighter dominated by Huck. They were 114-114, 115-113, and a sensible 117-111.
Huck maintained his number one ranking among SecondsOut’s top cruiserweights. Afolabi fell out of the top ten. Alexander Alekseev re-entered at ten.
Also on this date, at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, The Joint, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr. defeated Roberto Domingo Sosa by unanimous decision in a twelve round IBF super flyweight title bout. The scores favored the Mexican former champion by margins of 117-110 twice and 116-11. Sanchez Jr. surrendered the title on the scales, so the belt is now declared vacant. Sanchez Jr. raised his dossier to 16-1-1 (8). Sosa fell to 24-1 (14).