Adonis Obliterates Sukhotskiy, Proclaims Himself the Man at 175

WBC light heavy champ Adonis Stevenson took on Dmitriy Sukhotskiy of Russian in the main event on Showtime Friday night, from Montreal, and we wondered if maybe “Superman” would look past the challenger to bigger fights that didn’t happen.

Paul Malignaggi of Showtime said he thought maybe Adonis looked a bit blase this week. But that gut instinct went by the wayside once he got the challenger’s mannerisms down. A knockdown in the second, and three in the fifth spelled doom for an overmatched visitor.

Stevenson could have left an even better taste in the mouths of watchers if he hadn’t told Jim Gray after that a Sergey Kovalev and the like would have to come to him. Doesn’t he want Kovalev and the big bouts now, as he’s not getting older? He’ll let Al Haymon and promoter Yvon Michel sort that out, he said, and I could hear the grimaces in households everywhere.

In the first, Adonis (24-1 entering; from Haiti, living in Montreal) wore the Kronk gold. He was patient, as Suk advanced, but without being busy himself. In the second, the 22-1 Suk had not much more luck. Adonis pumped up the jab. Then we saw one twos. A left sent Suk down. He got up and replay showed us it was a punch-shove.

In the third, Adonis moved right, toward the right hand, the power hand. No matter; Adonis cracked and then slid out. The feet were a heavy edge for the Haitian. In the fourth, we saw lefts to the body from Adonis. Ouchie. Sharp leather.

In the fifth, a counter left sent Suk to the mat again. Down he went again, second time in the round, off residual weakness. And for a third time and that was all she wrote. The end came at 2:42 as Suk lay on his back under the bottom rope.

Adonis went 80-272 to 23-136 for the loser.

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COMMENTS

-deepwater2 :

TsAH has no shame putting on a joke of a main event like this. Stevenson proclaims himself as the man because know one else will. Beterbiev was fun to watch.


-stormcentre :

Adonis Stevenson took on Dmitriy Sukhotskiy, but Sukhotskiy didn't really look like he wanted to be in there, especially after he tasted that first clean-connecting left cross from Adonis. Haymon's cookie cutter is working just fine D2.


-oubobcat :

Sukhotskiy was no where near a top 10 Light Heavyweight. Its a serious question whether he'd even crack the top 50 in the division. Sukhotskiy was in survival mode for the first four rounds. Stevenson was cautious early despite all his talk of an early KO and by round four I had fears that this could drag out to a boring 12 round decision. But in the 5th to Sukhotskiy's credit, he did open up a bit. It got him knocked out of course but spared us having to watch a 12 round sparring session. Back when Hopkins-Kovalev was made, I stated it was a brilliant business move by Hopkins. As long as he did not get obliterated by Kovalev, he'd always have the Stevenson fight for the lineal light heavyweight title to fall back on. It was a no lose situation for Hopkins. Now I think we see the Stevenson-Hopkins fight get made. With Stevenson tuning down Pascal, who since moved to Kovalev, there are no marketable foes left for him at light heavyweight. Well, with one exception and that is Bernard Hopkins. Stevenson clearly wants to be selective in the opponents he fights. This is why he ducked both Kovalev and Pascal. But a 50 year old Hopkins who is coming off being dominated by Kovalev and who can generate a nice payday for Stevenson, well that is just the fight Stevenson and Haymon desire. I will state this right now as well. Hopkins beats Stevenson. Stevenson is a counter puncher, period. That's what he does. We saw it in the two fights this year against Fonfara and Sukhotskiy. If the opponent does not lead, there will be dead spots. Once the opponent leads, the left follows. Stevenson fights in the same pattern. Always. Its how Fonfara timed him and put him down in their fight. And guess who is a master, even at an advanced age, of spotting an opponents weakness or pattern and finding a way to take advantage of it. Well its Hopkins. Hopkins can lull Stevenson into his kind of fight. Hopkins can pot shot and counter the lefts that Stevenson throws in the same pattern all night. It may not be a scintillating fight and it may resemble Hopkins fight with Tavoris Cloud. But its a fight Hopkins can win and dominate. I look for Stevenson-Hopkins later this year and predict Hopkins will be lineal Light Heavyweight Champion at 50. And will call it a career then on his terms and as lineal champion.


-amayseng :

Sukhotskiy was no where near a top 10 Light Heavyweight. Its a serious question whether he'd even crack the top 50 in the division. Sukhotskiy was in survival mode for the first four rounds. Stevenson was cautious early despite all his talk of an early KO and by round four I had fears that this could drag out to a boring 12 round decision. But in the 5th to Sukhotskiy's credit, he did open up a bit. It got him knocked out of course but spared us having to watch a 12 round sparring session. Back when Hopkins-Kovalev was made, I stated it was a brilliant business move by Hopkins. As long as he did not get obliterated by Kovalev, he'd always have the Stevenson fight for the lineal light heavyweight title to fall back on. It was a no lose situation for Hopkins. Now I think we see the Stevenson-Hopkins fight get made. With Stevenson tuning down Pascal, who since moved to Kovalev, there are no marketable foes left for him at light heavyweight. Well, with one exception and that is Bernard Hopkins. Stevenson clearly wants to be selective in the opponents he fights. This is why he ducked both Kovalev and Pascal. But a 50 year old Hopkins who is coming off being dominated by Kovalev and who can generate a nice payday for Stevenson, well that is just the fight Stevenson and Haymon desire. I will state this right now as well. Hopkins beats Stevenson. Stevenson is a counter puncher, period. That's what he does. We saw it in the two fights this year against Fonfara and Sukhotskiy. If the opponent does not lead, there will be dead spots. Once the opponent leads, the left follows. Stevenson fights in the same pattern. Always. Its how Fonfara timed him and put him down in their fight. And guess who is a master, even at an advanced age, of spotting an opponents weakness or pattern and finding a way to take advantage of it. Well its Hopkins. Hopkins can lull Stevenson into his kind of fight. Hopkins can pot shot and counter the lefts that Stevenson throws in the same pattern all night. It may not be a scintillating fight and it may resemble Hopkins fight with Tavoris Cloud. But its a fight Hopkins can win and dominate. I look for Stevenson-Hopkins later this year and predict Hopkins will be lineal Light Heavyweight Champion at 50. And will call it a career then on his terms and as lineal champion.
Agreed completely. I stated this numerous times as well.


-spit bucket :

TsAH has no shame putting on a joke of a main event like this. Stevenson proclaims himself as the man because know one else will. Beterbiev was fun to watch.
Boxing loses its soul when the best avoid the best. It also loses a lot of its appeal. No one but Adonis Stevenson's mom wants to watch a mismatch like this. Al Hayman is neutering boxing. Am disappointed that I wasted time watching this crap matchup.


-brownsugar :

Adonis regains a sliver of his swagger with a tedious ko over an obvious set up/tune up opponent. D.S.'s best characteristic was being able to absorb punishment obediently as he seemed to be stuck in retreat and attack mode throughout the fight. (as has been stated so aptly by previous posters) Now that Adonis has sufficiently feather dusted the rust from the tools of his trade I hope we can see him wield his considerable power against a worthy opponent or his next fight should be aired exclusively in Canada.


-The Commish :

Suk looked like a frightened rabbit in there, looking for a place to hide from big bad Adonis Stevenson. It was just like the way Stevenson is running from "The Krusha from Russia." Only, Suk at least had the cojones to get into the ring with a guy who terrified him. Stevenson merely hides behind Al Haymon's overcoat. Man up, Adonis. Man up! -Randy G.


-Pazuzu :

Man up, Adonis. Man up! -Randy G.
We're talking about a man who has a criminal record for pimping out and sexually assaulting underage girls. Ain't gonna happen. Adonis is a chump. Or, as Kovalev put it earlier this year to Max Kellerman, "(Adonis) is piece of shyt."