Bad Scouting Report Ruined Williams Chances Against Stevenson
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Quebec City, Canada (July 30th, 2016)– With a ten year advantage in youth, 28 year old Thomas ‘Top Dog’ Williams Jr., 20-1, had a hard hitting reputation and a puncher’s chance against 38 year old Adonis Stevenson, 27-1, WBC World Light Heavyweight champion.
Stevenson retained his World Boxing Council Light Heavyweight title last night with a fourth round face first knockout of Williams, who was also down in the first. What was supposed to be Williams KO coming out didn’t happen.
Stevenson has 23 knockouts to 14 for Williams. The fight at Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Canada, hinged on an erroneous assumption by Williams stated to me in an exclusive interview several weeks before the title fight.
According to Williams, the word on Stevenson was he was busy on the streets of Quebec City drinking and partying in the bars and nightclubs with his friends till all hours of the night, and was not training seriously for this bout.
After I interviewed Williams in Trenton, New Jersey, I waited a week before transcribing the half hour voice activated recorder interview conducted with Stevenson at ringside on July 9, 2016. Subsequently, I contacted one of my Detroit, Michigan connections/ who provided me with insider information- which went counter to what Williams had stated to me. In true fact, Stevenson was in closed camp in Detroit, and doing the work above and beyond for this title fight. Stevenson was in top form, 100% ready to wage war with Williams.
Given the inaccurate information, I tried to get in contact with Williams to tell him what I had discovered. I had his cellphone number in Maryland, which he had given me, but got no answer. Williams might have also presumed he could get Stevenson out early like Williams did with Edwin Rodriguez in the second round at the StubHub Center in Carson City, California, this past April 30.
Stevenson dropped Williams in the first round, giving notice he had gotten off first, was ahead on points, and had come to do battle. Unable to get Stevenson out early, Williams had to match both technical skill and punching power with Stevenson. It was a short power left hook by Stevenson which pitched Williams face first to the canvas, knocked out cold. It was the seventh consecutive title defense by Stevenson, who will next face Columbian Canadian Eleider Alvarez of Montreal, 20-0, who won a ten round decision over Robert Berridge of New Zealand on the undercard to earn a title chance.
When you watch the video clip of Stevenson versus Rodriguez, you see his explosive power. At that point, one got the impression in the mode Williams is in, his bout with Stevenson would be another power punching explosion. Williams was unable to get off against Stevenson. There were some fouls, low blows, head butts and what have you, which served to unnerve Williams. The key factor was Stevenson, as the champion, was able to control the tempo and assert command. Williams never got there. The power punching war between the two 175 pound southpaws promised to be brief, and so it was, ending at 2:54 of the fourth round, when referee Michael Griffin counted Williams out.
When I interviewed Williams, he felt he had youth and strength on his side- but experience won. ‘Superman’ defeated ‘Top Dog’. It was not meant to be.
This reporter would not be surprised if the winner of Adonis Stevenson versus Alvarez went on to face the winner of 30-0 WBA IBF WBO Sergey Kovalev versus 29-0 Andre Ward on November 19, 2016. Ward first has to get by 25-1 Alexander Brand at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, on August 6, 2016. The super fights they are a coming to a Pay-Per-View near you very soon in the light heavyweight division. Williams will be back. He wanted a shot at WBA regular 175 pound champion Juergen Brahmer of Germany, who defends against Nathan Cleverly of Wales this October in Neubrandenberg.