Eye of The Tiger! Superman Stevenson Wins But Tastes The Canvas, Learns Fonfara is 12 Round Super Tough
By Robert Brizel, Head RCM Boxing Correspondent
Montreal, Canada (May 25, 2014)– World Boxing Council World Light Heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, a Haitian southpaw fighting out of Laval, Canada, experienced ‘The Eye of The Tiger’ in defending his title by 12 round decision over rough tough top ranked Polish challenger Andrzej Fonfara of Chicago, Illinois, in the main event at Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, on May 24, 2014.
Stevenson dropped Fonfara in the first round with a straight left hand, and dropped Fonfara against in the fifth round with a left hand body shot. Stevenson dominated the bout with power shots to the head and body. However, Fonfara continued to bravely and gamely walk Stevenson down with heart, patiently whittling away at the distance between the two combatants and looking for power shot counter opportunities.
Fonfara continued to back up and tire Stevenson, and 30 seconds into the ninth round, dropped an off balance Stevenson onto his back with an overhand right, shocking the crowd. Fonfara continued to give Stevenson a beating in the ninth round, bloodying his nose. Stevenson survived, but he was never able to shake Fonfara. Stevenson scored with low blows in the tenth and eleventh rounds which enabled Fonfara to have a brief rest, who did not complain. There was no point deduction, but there should have been against Stevenson. Likewise, Fonfara used headlocks, head butt, rabbit punches and other dirty tactics, mostly in the second half of the bout, and should have gotten penalized for it.
The low blows took the zip out of Fonfara’s zap over the last three rounds, who backed up and mostly worked to survive at that point. It should be noted Fonfara previously held the International Boxing Organization version of the World Light Heavyweight title in 2012, which is now held by Blake Caparello of Australia, a fact missed by ring announcer Jimmy Lennon Jr. “I fought with heart,” stated Fonfara after the bout. Stevenson predicted one day Fonfara would be a world champion. Fonfara did at Bell Centre what Chad Dawson could not do-get off the canvas in round one and make a fight of it. The song “I haven’t got time for the pain’ summarized Fonfara’s effort. Whatever his suffering during the bout, he got over it and left Stevenson with a memory. Fonfara had a chance to get Stevenson out in the ninth round when he had him down and hurt, but he let the career changing ‘big fish’ get away. Stevenson’s demonstrated vulnerability probably means Hopkins will take the bout at some point.
Fonfara could try for rematches with Darnell Boone (who also beat Adonis Stevenson and later lost a rematch to him) and Skyler Thompson, with whom he fought a ‘No-Contest’. As for Stevenson, he expressed interest in the post-fight interview of fighting Bernard Hopkins and Sergey Kovalev, the other light heavyweight titleholders, later in 2014. Talk remains cheap.
Stevenson retains WBC World Light Heavyweight title
Scoring: 116-109, 115-110, 115-110. Referee: Frank Garza
In the preliminary to the main event, hard hitting Canadian middleweight exposed overhyped Fernando Guerrero, knocking him down in the first, second and third rounds. Guerrero, cut on the right eyelid, went down a second time in round three and got counted out by referee Michael Griffin.
Bell Centre Undercard Results
David Lemieux KO 3 Fernando Guerrero, Middleweights (1:56)
Lemieux wins the vacant NABF Middleweight title. Guerrero down four times.
Jermell Charlo Win 12 Charlie Ota, Junior Middleweights
IBF elimination bout for the number two ratings position. Charlo down in round three.
Eleider Alvarez Win 10 Alexander Johnson, Light Heavyweights
Kevin Bizier TKO 2 Carlos Leonardo Herrera, Welterweights (2:15)
Julian Willians KO 8 Michael Medina, Light middleweights (1:59)
Eric Bazinyan Win 4 Jaudiel Zapeda, Light Heavyweights
Yves Ulysse Jr. TKO 1 Carlos Alberto Alberto Olivera, light Welterweights (1:38)