Adonis Stevenson embarks on his maiden voyage under the banner of Showtime tonight as the big-hitting Haitian-Canadian continues to ride the crest of his impressive 2013 wave.
Rising to the top late in the day, the 36 year-old finds himself as the number one light-heavyweight in the world following demolition jobs on Chad Dawson, Tavoris Cloud and Tony Bellew in the past twelve months.
Stevenson now has ten straight stoppages to his credit and puts his beloved WBC belt on the line against Polish wonder Andrzej Fonfara, who has lost just twice in his 27-fight career and is a former IBO title holder.
Fonfara, 26, is expectedly a huge outsider to pull off the victory at the Bell Centre, but does have a standout recent record of his own having halted twelve of his last thirteen opponents on his way to a shot at the big-time.
Bookmakers have placed Fonfara as the 7/1 snow white underdog to take down the champion, with Stevenson an unmanageable 1/12 favourite and fully-anticipated to be ending yet another title defence early.
On paper, Fonfara is jumping up several levels from his recent outings, as the likes of Gabriel Campillo and Glen Johnson have been well past their best for some time, but are no benchmark with which any boxer could be fully judged.
In all honesty though, the challenger seems to be way out of his depth and was intent on using intimidating tactics on Stevenson at the weigh-in which have failed to shirk the champion from his confident ‘Superman’ persona.
Stevenson has even taken to muttering Mike Tyson’s immortal words; ‘Someone is getting knocked out,’ during fight week and I fully agree that the judges will not be needed tonight in Montreal.
This encounter is nailed on to not last the full twelve rounds, with a knockout in the mid-to-late rounds where the smart money is going, as Stevenson looks set to keep his status as the man to beat at 175lbs and heads towards a possible unification with WBA and IBF belt holder Bernard ‘The Alien’ Hopkins.
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