Why Adonis Is Never In A Boring Fight, and Plans For Unification

Adonis-Stevenson

Be wary, Dmitriy Sukhotsky, because Adonis Stevenson is in good spirits, is grinning, and doesn't have that typical nasty gameface we come to expect, at times, from fighters counting down to fight night.

Wait, what?

Isn't a nasty gameface a good thing, indicative of the imminent peril a fighter is going to force a foe to endure? Not always, says Stevenson's promoter, Yvon Michel, who checked in with TSS on Wednesday at noon. While Adonis was helping feed the needy and down on their luck and homeless at a Quebec shelter which doles out 500 meals a day, God bless 'em, Michel told me that a relaxed Adonis is a dangerous Adonis.

We will see the result Friday night, on Showtime, he told me.

“I haven't see him so happy and smiling since his fight against Chad Dawson (in 2013),” Michel said. “He's really comfortable, nothing is bothering him, and training camp went so well. He's a happy camper, and he's happy to be getting in the ring for his second fight in 2014.”

As for the worthiness of the snarly gameface, Michel explained that Adonis is at his best “when he's under control.” In his last fight, he said, issues hung over his head, such as the pending litigation, now voided, as Main Events lodged a suit vs. Adonis, and Michel. This stemmed from a proposed Stevenson vs. Sergey Kovalev bout which got into heavy planning stages and was then blown up. Michel said he and Adonis are keen to re-visit that plan, and are happy that the suit against them is no more. “It bothered him, Michel said. “Now, nothing bothers him. We are confident he will beat Sukhostsky. And then we will go in the direction of a light heavyweight unification. Adonis wants to be the unified champion. We believe Kovalev will beat Jean Pascal in March, and Adonis will fight Kovalev sometime next fall.”

The best paid plans call for Adonis to fight Friday, then again on April 4th. Then, fingers crossed, a unification bout in the fall. “He plans to fight three times next year,” Michel said.

The promoter said Sukhostsky is no laydown artist and this will be a test Friday. He alerted me to a YouTube video which shows the Russian, who he presumes will be hungry to score an upset and change his life, taking it to German light heavy champ Juergen Braehmer. It was round ten, and if it weren't in Germany, Michel thinks the bout would have been stopped and Suk would be wearing a belt.

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He believes on message Adonis will be there Friday, working like he did against Tavoris Cloud (Sept. 2013), listening to the nephew of Emanuel Steward, trainer Sugar Hill, and being the smart but snarly KO craver. Suk comes forward, and Adonis should be able to punish him with wicked counters. Suk is, Michel said, a solid guy, has good fundamentals, keeps his hands high, comes forward, and he thinks Adonis is injury free, no hand or shoulder woes, so full force and velocity should be on display from the Haitian-born hitter. Plus, there's some good vibes in the air after Saturday saw Andy Lee, another Steward protege, get 'er done and win a middleweight crown. Adonis, Michel said, felt like that was a win for the Kronk family, and seeks to continue the momentum Friday.

We should see Adonis showing what Michel most likes about him, the desire to carry out the imperative Steward hammered: KOs, emeffer!

“That's why he's special…you talk to a fighter, and he says, 'Oh, I will go for the KO if it's there.' Not Adonis. It is his mentality to go for the KO. He doesn't pace himself, he goes for it every round. This is why he's never in a boring fight!”

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-Froggy :

I might be wrong, but I never thought Adonis was to blame for the Kovalev fight not happening ! I am pretty sure Kovalev is going to have much, much more trouble against Pascal than he had against B-Hop ! I hope Stevenson and Kovalev meet in 2015, I think it would be a great fight ! My brain gives Kovalev the edge, but Adonis is a fellow Canadian so that's who I will be rooting for, hope it happens !


-amayseng :

Kovalev beats Pascal like a red headed step child. Pascal is a spurt fighter with poor stamina. Kovalev is a machine grinding nonstop. It will be mid fight stoppage.


-Froggy :

Kovalev beats Pascal like a red headed step child. Pascal is a spurt fighter with poor stamina. Kovalev is a machine grinding nonstop. It will be mid fight stoppage.
I would not be surprised at all, amayseng, if Kovalev stopped Pascal in the middle rounds ! But Pascal could still give Kovalev much, much, more trouble than B-Hop gave Kovalev and I will be shocked if he doesn't ! How much trouble did B-Hop give Kovalev ?


-Bernie Campbell :

Stevenson is the Epitome of a Canadian certified Tomato Can! The guy is less than 1 dimensional! Where did he dig this opponent up? Ladbrokes gives Stevenson a 1/25 amd 11/1 for Suhdowsky! Not even breaking a sweat! Lets get a drink of water here!


-brownsugar :

Stevenson is a mixed bag......Stevenson started boxing relatively late. He was also stopped early in his career. And against Fonfara, Superman's performance bared a closer resemblence to Averageman. How quickly things change......previously Stevenson could do no wrong, plowing through Don George, and Dawson in quick succession proves that Stevenson is certainly more than just a lucky guy. Adonis is a boxer who weilds considerable power. But there has been a palpable deflation in Adonis's powerful persona after (when asked if he would fight Kovalev) An unprovoked Adonis Stevenson insulted Kovalev, in terms that could only be interpreted as fighting words.....he then quickly accepted All Haymons' offer to join Showtime which rendered a Kovalev fight null and void......Adonis was promptly inducted into boxings version of the witness protection program.... These events couldnt have happened at a worst time. Especially when the dollars where flowing and interest in the Kovalev vs Stevenson fight was at an all time high. If the fight happens now Adonis will enter as the B side,....If he's lucky the cable producers won't queue the sound of clucking chickens when he enters the ring. In the meantime Kovalev passed from fighting in near obscurity to becoming the man to beat at light heavy by emerging victorious from his championship fight (baptism by fire) against the wiley and ultra resourceful Bernard Hopkins. Stevenson needs to work on looking really good in this fight to regain his universal swagger or just plan on finishing his career up in Canada where he will be much more appreciated. I hope he does well enough to get people talking about Kovalev vs Stevenson again. As far as Pascal goes... He has become a main event fighter, Sadly by the time some boxers becomes a main event fighter he's already past the apex of his career. A word of friendly advice, keep Pascal as far away from Kovalev as possible. I forgot, Pascal has already signed to fight Kovalev in March. Bold move by Pascal. Good night sweet prince.


-Froggy :

Stevenson is the Epitome of a Canadian certified Tomato Can! The guy is less than 1 dimensional! Where did he dig this opponent up? Ladbrokes gives Stevenson a 1/25 amd 11/1 for Suhdowsky! Not even breaking a sweat! Lets get a drink of water here!
So that must make Chad Dawson the Epitome of an American certified Tomato Can, or maybe worse ! That's not my opinion, but it must be yours !


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

In a perfect world Andre Ward moves up to light heavyweight and cleans out the division in a easier fashion than he did at 168. Stevenson is a essentially a one arm fighter and Kovalev is very good but Ward's ability to smother and fight on the inside would negate a lot of his power. Politics/legal issues are keeping the best super middleweight/light heavyweight out of the game. Kovalev and Stevenson are very lucky.