Saturday night on Showtime, at the Bell Centre Montreal, Quebec, Canada, GYM Promotions hosted the WBC light heavyweight world title rematch between Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara. The pair had first met in 2014 and after an entertaining bout Stevenson was awarded the decision by scores of 115-110 twice and 116-109. Since then Stevenson has defended his title against, Dmitry Sukhotskiy, Sakio Bika,Tommy Karpency and most recently Thomas Williams Jr. Of those only one, former super middleweight Sakio Bika had previously proven capable to compete on a championship level and coincidentally go the distance, the rest were dispatched in five rounds or less.
As for Fonfara, since their first meeting has went 4-1, scoring decision wins over Doudou Ngumbu and Nathan Cleverly. In late round stoppages, defeated Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Chad Dawson. His lone loss in that series, a brutal first round stoppage at the hands of Joe Smith Jr. In what seems logical, considering Stevens recent opponent list, Fonfara’s brutal KO suffered against Smith Jr, Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev occupying one another’s schedule, shouldn’t Smith Jr or another universally ranked top five light heavyweight had been facing Stevenson? In boxing though what seems logical, one way or another never takes place.
The bout started with Fonfara circling, Stevenson landing a quick body shot that drops him for an eight count. After getting up, Fonfara misses a right hook and is driven to the corner under a barrage of punches before the bell sounds saving him. When the second round begins, a still dazed Fonfara circles, throws a few half hearted punches with little success, takes a combination that sends him reeling and Virgil Hunter jumps on the apron waving the towel. In twenty eight seconds of round two the contest is over. As a reward, fans in the crowd were treated to Stevenson, looking more like a “Court Jester” than “King” as he paraded wearing a crown. Those watching on TV, listened to Stevenson brag about being the best 175lb fighter in boxing and Al Haymon being thanked no less than five times. Adonis Stevenson improved to 29-1 (24), Andrzej Fonfara drops to 29-5 (17).
This was boxing’s best to offer as a “Lineal Light Heavyweight Championship” contest?
The co-feature between undefeated Eleider Alvarez and former champion Jean Pascal, for the mandatory WBC challenger position was a semi-entertaining affair. In vintage Jean Pascal fashion, he delivered very little in terms of punch output, releasing occasional offensive burst that excited fans and stole rounds. The jab of Alvarez, controlled the tempo and pace, building up what appeared to be a large points margin. When official scores were read, Judges despite Alvarez controlling three quarters of the contest, seen it 114-114, 118-110 and 115-113 a majority decision in favor of Alvarez. With the win and now mandatory WBC 175lb title challenger, Eleider Alvarez improved to 23-0 (11), Jean Pascal now stands at 31-5-1 (18).
In Undercard action-
Super Welterweight Mikael Zewski 28-1 (21) def. Fernando Silva 15-11-3 (6) via UD 8.
Official scores read 80-71 on all three cards.
Super Middleweight Dario Bredicean 14-0 (4) def. Manuel Garcia 15-14-2 (6) via UD 8.
Official scores read 80-72 on all three cards.
Middleweight- Christian Mbilli 4-0 (4) def.Cesar Ugarte 4-2 (2) via TKO 2