On Saturday, Sept. 28, Adonis Stevenson will defend the WBC and The Ring light heavyweight titles against Tavoris Cloud at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This will mark Adonis' first title defense since winning the belts in June of 2013.
Live on HBO, expect Stevenson to prove that he's the class of the light heavyweight division.
Stevenson defeated Chad Dawson on June 8, 2013, thus winning the WBC and The Ring light heavyweight championships. It was his second win of the calendar year and the moment that he topped the divisional rankings.
Stevenson will look to defend his crown against Cloud at a weight just under 175 pounds.
It's must-win territory.
Stevenson is making his first title defense, and will be facing one of the most well-conditioned fighters in his division. The key for Superman will be to prove that he's more than just another power-packing puncher.
Thus far, Stevenson's career has been all about the early finishes.
To date, the Haitian-born Canadian southpaw has compiled a record of 21-1 in 22 fights with 18 knockouts. He's flashed magnificent power, ending fights early and working his way up the ranks in the light heavyweight division.
Against Cloud, Stevenson must prove that he's more than just a big punch waiting to explode.
Stevenson hasn't experienced a decision result since he defeated David Whittom on Dec. 7, 2007. That marks 11 consecutive wins and one loss that have all been decided by knockout or technical knockout, with only one of those fights reaching the final round.
Four of his past 10 wins have ended in the first round.
In his most recent fight, Stevenson knocked out Dawson in the first round after just 76 seconds. Prior to that fight, Dawson had only been knocked out one time, losing in the 10th round to the undefeated Andre Ward.
That's quite impressive company to be aligned with.
Without a decision victory since 2007, there may be reason to question whether or not he can go the distance. Against Cloud, who has reached the 12th round in five of his past six fights, that will be the key storyline to watch.
Fortunately, power is the ultimate equalizer.
Superman is well-equipped for this fight, as he can wear any opponent down with heavy blows early in a match. He's proven capable of throwing his lethal fists in the middle rounds, and should continue to do so if this fight goes deep by keeping Cloud in a defensive stance.
When it's all said and done, Stevenson will prove to be the class of the light heavyweight division with a major victory over Cloud.
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