Quick Results from Montreal: Stevenson Destroys Fonfara

The first meeting between Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara was staged at Montreal’s Bell Centre on May 24, 2014. Stevenson won a wide decision, prevailing by 5 points on two of the scorecards and by 7 points on the other, but Fonfara, who was then looked upon as nothing more than a fringe contender, won legions of new fans with his gritty performance. On the deck in round one and again in round five, he fought his way back into the fight, assuming command in round nine, but was unable to sustain the momentum.

Saturday they went at it again with the Bell Centre again serving as the venue. A resident of Quebec since the age of seven, the Haiti-born Stevenson was making the eighth defense of his WBC light heavyweight title and riding a 15-fight winning streak. He extended it to 16 with an unexpectedly one-sided demolition of Fonfara, knocking the Chicago-based Pole almost out in the opening round and then ending matters in the second when Fonfara’s trainer Virgil Hunter mercifully threw in the towel. In total, the fight lasted only three minutes and 28 seconds.

At the press conference preceding the fight, Fonfara said, (Stevenson) has only basic boxing skills…he only has a good left hand.” But Fonfara, a notoriously slow starter, had no answer for that left hand. He ate it repeatedly during the brief time that the fight lasted.

At age 39, it would seem that Adonis Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) has only a few years left to maximize his earning potential. But Stevenson is a young 39. He had fewer than 40 amateur fights and started his pro career late at age 29 after spending several years in prison. As a pro, he has answered the bell for only 131 rounds.

In the co-feature, Eleider Alvarez (22-0, 11 KOs), took advantage of his 3 1/2-inch longer reach to out-work Jean Pascal en route a 12-round majority decision. The scores were 117-111, 116-112, and 114-114.

Alvarez, a Quebecois originally from Columbia, did his best work in the early rounds when he repeatedly beat Pascal to the punch. Pascal (31-5-1), from Quebec by way of Haiti, had fought stiffer opposition – his previous losses were to Carl Froch, Bernard Hopkins, and Sergey Kovalev twice – but tonight he looked older than his 34 years. Pascal had Roy Jones Jr. in his corner but that proved to be mere window dressing. There were no knockdowns.

Alvarez was the mandatory challenger to Stevenson but took step-aside money to allow the Stevenson-Fonfara fight to go forward. Waiting in the wings is Artur Beterbiev, the Russian transplant who also resides in Quebec. French-speaking Canada doesn’t house the best light heavyweight on the planet (we will reserve that designation for the Ward-Kovalev winner), but the Montreal area has a surfeit of good 175-pounders.

In another bout of note, Mikael Zewksi, a former 4-time Canadian national amateur champion, returned to the ring after a 19-month absence and showed little rust in turning away Mexican journeyman Fernando Silva. Zewski (28-1) won every round on all three scorecards. The match was fought at a catch-weight 150 pounds.

A scheduled 8-round contest between Nova Scotia welterweight Custio Clayton, a 2012 Olympian, and Mexico’s Oscar Cortez fell out when Cortez came in 25 (!) pounds overweight. The 23-year-old Cortez, who began his pro career as a featherweight, appears to have a serious eating disorder.

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Andrzej Fonfara

COMMENTS

-brownsugar :

The first meeting between Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara was staged at Montreal?s Bell Centre on May 24, 2014. Stevenson won a wide decision, prevailing by 5 points on two of the scorecards and by 7 points on the other, but Fonfara, who was then looked upon as nothing more than a fringe contender, won legions of new fans with his gritty performance. On the deck in round one and again in round five, he fought his way back into the fight, assuming command in round nine, but was unable to sustain the momentum. Saturday they went at it again with the Bell Centre again serving as the venue. A resident of Quebec since the age of seven, the Haiti-born Stevenson was making the eighth defense of his WBC light heavyweight title and riding a 15-fight winning streak. He extended it to 16 with an unexpectedly one-sided demolition of Fonfara, knocking the Chicago-based Pole almost out in the opening round and then ending matters in the second when Fonfara?s trainer Virgil Hunter mercifully threw in the towel. In total, the fight lasted only three minutes and 28 seconds. At the press conference preceding the fight, Fonfara said, (Stevenson) has only basic boxing skills?he only has a good left hand.? But Fonfara, a notoriously slow starter, had no answer for that left hand. He ate it repeatedly during the brief time that the fight lasted. At age 39, it would seem that Adonis Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) has only a few years left to maximize his earning potential. But Stevenson is a young 39. He had fewer than 40 amateur fights and started his pro career late at age 29 after spending several years in prison. As a pro, he has answered the bell for only 131 rounds. In the co-feature, Eleider Alvarez (22-0, 11 KOs), took advantage of his 3 1/2-inch longer reach to out-work Jean Pascal en route a 12-round majority decision. The scores were 117-111, 116-112, and 114-114. Alvarez, a Quebecois originally from Columbia, did his best work in the early rounds when he repeatedly beat Pascal to the punch. Pascal (31-5-1), from Quebec by way of Haiti, had fought stiffer opposition ? his previous losses were to Carl Froch, Bernard Hopkins, and Sergey Kovalev twice ? but tonight he looked older than his 34 years. Pascal had Roy Jones Jr. in his corner but that proved to be mere window dressing. There were no knockdowns. Alvarez was the mandatory challenger to Stevenson but took step-aside money to allow the Stevenson-Fonfara fight to go forward. Waiting in the wings is Artur Bieterbiev, the Russian transplant who also resides in Quebec. French-speaking Canada doesn?t house the best light heavyweight on the planet (we will reserve that designation for the Ward-Kovalev winner), but the Montreal area has a surfeit of good 175-pounders. In another bout of note, Mikael Zewksi, a former 4-time Canadian national amateur champion, returned to the ring after a 19-month absence and showed little rust in turning away Mexican journeyman Fernando Silva. Zewski (28-1) won every round on all three scorecards. The match was fought at a catch-weight 150 pounds. A scheduled 8-round contest between Nova Scotia welterweight Custio Clayton, a 2012 Olympian, and Mexico?s Oscar Cortez fell out when Cortez came in 25 (!) pounds overweight. The 23-year-old Cortez, who began his pro career as a featherweight, appears to have a serious eating disorder. Check out more boxing news on video at [url=http://theboxingchannel.tv]The Boxing Channel.
"THIS JUST IN" Anyone expecting to resurrect an ailing boxing career should not expect to fight like Andre Ward within 1-2 years by virtue of training with Hunter, he's just a man, not a miracle worker, and keep in mind that Ward is one of a kind. Better to see Roach to build up the cardio, or Floyd senior to work on defense. Now Stevenson, hows about giving us a show by giving Beiterbiev a shot at that title?


-Shoulder Roll Defense :

"THIS JUST IN" Anyone expecting to resurrect an ailing boxing career should not expect to fight like Andre Ward within 1-2 years by virtue of training with Hunter, he's just a man, not a miracle worker, and keep in mind that Ward is one of a kind. Better to see Roach to build up the cardio, or Floyd senior to work on defense. Now Stevenson, hows about giving us a show by giving Beiterbiev a shot at that title?
I think all of the wars have finally caught up with Fonfara. He doesn't appear to have the same punch resistance any more. Joe Smith obliterated him and now he is just a shell of his former self. Fonfora barely beat a washed up Chad Dawson two fights ago and as you stated Virgil Hill is no miracle worker.


-oubobcat :

This fight was a mismatch from the moment it was made. Shoulder is right, Fonfara was washed up. The Cleverly fight in 2015 was a brutal war and after that fight was the Smith destruction. Against a very faded Chad Dawson, Fonfara struggled and was fortunate that Dawson gassed out in the end. But the struggles got him the fight with Stevenson who continues to cherry pick opponents. Alvarez should be next for Stevenson. He is the mandatory and long overdue. Alvarez is solid with a good jab but not a big punch. Still, probably the biggest challenge to Stevenson given the selection of opponents since Stevenson won the belt from Chad Dawson several years ago.


-teaser :

Fonfara must have a magnet in his head ...he couldn't get out of the way from the iron left of the man of steel


-dino da vinci :

Fonfara must have a magnet in his head ...he couldn't get out of the way from the iron left of the man of steel
Teaser, you mean to tell me Tony Zale is back and I'm just hearing about this now?


-teaser :

I apologise to one and only man of steel Tony Zale ...my bad


-dino da vinci :

Good news tease, spoke with Tony and he's accepted your apology. Then he went back to bludgeoning someone in heaven.