Karpency: Stevenson’s been knocked down and out, but getting to his chin is the difficult part

Phil Jay 06/08/2015

WBC light heavyweight title challenger Tommy Karpency is realistic about the task that lies before him as the southpaw heads towards his toughest career fight on September 11.

The 29 year-old Pennsylvanian takes on formidable champion Adonis Stevenson at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto and is massive underdog to pull off a shock and relieve the big-hitting Haitian-Canadian of his green belt.

Karpency previously lost out to Nathan Cleverly for the WBO version when facing the Welshman on his home soil in 2012, before a defeat to Andrzej Fonfara in an IBO title bout nine months later.

It’s a case of third time lucky for Karpency next month as the American aims to build on his impressive win over Chad Dawson in October of last year.

“It’s a great opportunity for me. To win a world title is every fighter’s goal,” Karpency told World Boxing News.

“I’ve learned many things since fighting Nathan Cleverly and I’m a better, more experienced fighter now. My composure, skills, confidence have all improved and I am ready for the challenge.

“Adonis Stevenson is a great puncher and has the power to quickly end a fight. He’s been very dominant, but he’s also been knocked out and knocked down.

“Anyone can be knocked out, but it’s getting to the chin of a good fighter that is the difficult part.

“His left hand is the danger as he can throw it with knockout power from any position or angle. He keeps good distance and feints well to set it up, so I have to be ready.”

Asked whether he believes this will be his final chance to claim a world title, Karpency replied: “You never know what the future holds in boxing and I’m just taking it one fight at a time.”