Stevenson and Kovalev defend titles with knockouts

Phil Jay 01/12/2013

WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson made good on his promise that challenger Tony Bellew would ‘feel his power’ as the Haitian-Canadian dropped and stopped the Liverpudlian in six rounds.

The 36 year-old, who is on an impressive run of early victories, put Bellew on the canvas in the sixth round of their Colisee de Quebec bout with a huge left hand and followed it up to force the referee to end the contest.

Bellew, 31, was a clear 4/1 underdog heading into the clash and will now face a rebuilding job after suffering his second career defeat following his loss to former WBO king Nathan Cleverly in 2011.

In chief support, Clevery’s sole conqueror Sergey Kovalev defended the title he ripped away from the Welshman so impressively this year with a crushing second round knockout win over Ismael Sillakh.

The 31 year-old Russian put a defenceless Sillakh on the floor twice on his way to a victorious first defence of his WBO belt and is now firmly establishing himself as a force at the 175lb limit.

Earlier in the night, Jo Jo Dan stunned Kevin Bizier by ending his unbeaten record with a eye-opening 116-111, 114-113 and 110-117 split win, whilst David Lemieux and Mikael Zewski both stopped their respective foes in style.

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