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20 JULY 2018

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Stevenson Stops Fonfara Early; Alvarez Ready For Title Shot

Stevenson halts Fonfara in two!
Stevenson halts Fonfara in two!

By Derek Bonnett

Adonis Stevenson put his light heavyweight title on the line in a rematch with Poland’s Andrej Fonfara at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In their first encounter, Stevenson walked away with a competitive decision victory. The rematch ended more swiftly if not too hastily, but Virgil Hunter, Fonfara’s trainer, had seen enough.


Stevenson dropped Fonfara with a left hook that hurt the Polish boxer on the way in. Fonfara held his ground for a moment, but a delayed reaction knockdown resulted as Stevenson stepped back in to throw another punch. Fonfara survived the round, but ignored his corner’s instructions in round two to hold on. Fonfara came out and way immediately subject to more punishment from the champion. The referee intervene on Virgil Hunter’s command. The post-fight interview present greater action as Jim Grey pummeled Stevenson with sarcasm about him being "The King" and "Superman" while demanding the champion identify a big name target such as the winner of Ward-Kovalev II or Eleider Alvarez as his next opponent of desire. Stevenson left the interview with no such commitment.


Stevenson notched the eighth defense of his title and lifted his ledger to 29-1-0 (24). Fonfara crashed to 29-5-0 (17). The official time of the stoppage was :28 of round two.


In the chief supporting bout, Eleider Alvarez, 33, won a majority decision over former world champion Jean Pascal. Pascal, 34, put up a spirited effort over the first six rounds and often tried to flurry his way to winning a round late, but Alvarez commanded the action with a better jab and work on the inside when he and Pascal traded. Both fighters started quickly and maintained a torrid pace. Pascal, written off by many following his disputed win over Yuniesky Gonzalez and second loss to Sergei Kovalev, fought like a viable contender with some fire still left him in his basement. However, the decision rendered was probably a tad

generous to the former light heavyweight champion.


Alvarez remained unbeaten and moved his record to 23-0-0 (11). Pascal dipped to 31-5-1 (18).

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