Fighter Profile: Adonis Stevenson Record & Biography
Adonis “Superman” Stevenson is currently the Light Heavyweight Champion. He was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but grew up in Quebec, Canada. Stevenson currently holds a record of 23 wins, 20 by knockout, with one loss and one draw.
Stevenson is currently trained by Sugar Hill, but was previously trained by had been taken on by legendary trainer Emanuel Steward until his passing in 2012. He is a southpawwho has freakish power in both hands, but especially with his dynamite left hand. Stevenson also has an excellent jab, which sets up his power straight leftdown the middle.
Additionally, he uses his lateral movement to create awkward angles, which helps him set up brutal power shots. Stevenson’s punch output has been remarkable in some of his fights, even throwing over 1,000 punches in one bout.
But the power punch is his hallmark, just ask Chad Dawson. Today, Stevenson is one of the most dominant light heavyweights in the sport, and one of the hardest hitters in the game.
Stevenson had a successful amateur career, compiling an overall record of 33-5. In 2005, he fought in the World Amateur Championships in Mianyang, China. However, he was unsuccessful, as he lost in the first round to Emilio Correa Jr. His major boxing accomplishment as an amateur came in 2006 at the XVIII Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. It was here where he captured the silver medal as a middleweight, after falling short of the gold to Jarrod Fletcher.
Stevenson started off his career at a scorching pace, essentially running through every opponent he faced. But on April 16th 2010, he ran into an overlooked buzz saw named Darnell Boone. Boone, a quality opponent, was knocked down twice in the first round of the bout, but kept his composure.
Subsequently, Stevenson recklessly pursued the knockout and got caught with a big right hand. Stevenson proceeded to beat the count but the referee deemed that he was not able to continue, thus giving Boone the TKO.
Boone nearly handed Andre Ward an early career-loss, and has been in with scores of the best fighters in the business. Still, the surprise defeat was a drastic setback for Stevenson.
Emergence as a Fighter:
After working with Steward, Stevenson was better able to begin exploiting his unique natural athleticism and power. 2013 would prove to be a breakout year for the high-octane fighter called “Superman”.
On March 22nd, Stevenson would avenge his earlier loss to Darnell Boone- knocking him out in the 6th round of their rematch. Following that redemption bout, Stevenson would take on what would be his toughest opponent yet in light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson. Coming in as an underdog, he ended up flattening Dawson with a single left hand in the first round, scoring the 2013 Knockout of the Year.
The fight opened the eyes of boxing fans, as it displayed the amazing hand speed and power that Stevenson possesses. After the Dawson fight, the hard punching southpaw took on a formidable opponent in Tavoris Cloud. Cloud was clearly outmatched, as Stevenson was far superior in every aspect. This eventually led to Cloud quitting on his stool after the 7th round.
Stevenson’s most recent fight was against Tony Bellew. He made easy work of him and by the 6th round, Bellew was knocked down and wobbly. Stevenson then proceeded to pound his man with punch after punch, leading to a TKO.
What’s next for Adonis Stevenson?
While Stevenson has only recently burst onto the scene, he is no youngster at the age of 36. However, he is currently in his prime and is finally able to unleash his enormous potential. There are plenty of fights to be made in the division, as the light heavy weight class has grown into one of the most exciting in the sport.
Stevenson is tentatively scheduled to take on Andrzej Fonfara in his next bout, but there are far more intriguing matchups in the division. Stevenson could potentially fight Jean Pascal in a battle of Canadian fighters. Some other names that would be interesting for him would be Andre Ward, Carl Froch, or Bernard Hopkins.
Of course, the fight everyone wants to see right now would be between him and the ferocious punching Sergey Kovalev. This is another must-make fight for boxing, but lets hope it doesn’t turn into another Mayweather-Pacquiao fiasco.
Whatever Stevenson does from here, it should be exciting. That’s the only way Stevenson knows.