Add the name Adonis Stevenson to the top of the 168 roster. He blitzed Noe Gonzalez, and scored a TKO2 win in Montreal on Friday Night. ESPN2 televised the rubout, as the Manny Steward trained hitter, born in Haiti and living in Canada since age 5, threw fast and furious from the get go. He rose to 18-1 with 14 stops, while the Uraguyan loser, advised by Sampson Lewkowicz, slipped to 28-2.
Stevenson is quite the story; he turned pro at 29. He had some legal problems in the late 90s, as he was affiliated with a prostitution ring. It is said that he was physical with the girls, but Steward said this is not so, that the boxer simply acted as protection for them. he is now on the straight and narrow, Steward told me, and this is the only way he'd agree to manage as well as train him.
At 34, he is a late but welcome arrival to the division. A bombs away lefty, he has injected himself into the mix.