Adonis Stevenson sparks out Noe Gonzalez, eyes Lucian Bute fight in Montreal

21 Apr

Robert Delgado – Los Angeles

Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson out-gunned Noe Gonzalez at the Bell Centre, Montreal on Friday, April 20 as he teekayoed the Uruguayan in just two rounds following a shellacking of hooks and straight left punches. Gonzalez was overmatched as Stevenson looked a class above. The Canada-based southpaw picked up further titles and spoke of a lucrative match-up with IBF world champion at super middleweight Lucian Bute.

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Delgado’s scorecard

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Gonzalez
9 8

Stevenson
10 10

Official verdict: Stevenson by way of referee intervention (second round TKO).

World-ranked by all the major sanctioning bodies, Stevenson – with concussive one-punch power – took control of the fight within seconds against a Uruguayan, also known for his ability to crack heads, who had only been defeated once – by Felix Sturm five years ago. Gonzalez largely fought on the defensive in round one while Stevenson peppered him with southpaw jabs.

Stevenson unleashed his notoriously monstrous power in round two as he pounded a covering-up Gonzalez with hooks and straights until the South American was backed into a corner. With his hackles raised, Stevenson put Gonzalez on weakened legs twice with power bombs and it was these hard shots that prompted the referee Michael Griffin to stop the fight and award the Superman with a technical knockout victory.

The stoppage may have been regarded by some ringside observers as premature, but Gonzalez was getting tagged with heavy leather and had stopped defending himself.

“I’m not the referee, the referee stopped the fight, I was just doing my job,” said Stevenson to ESPN regarding Griffin’s stoppage. He continued: “I know this guy had a tight defence that’s why I jabbed. I saw a good opportunity and then I kept going and bang that’s it.

“[Trainer Emanuel Steward] helps me with my balance, my jab, my movement. He is good, great, the best trainer. Next… that’s up to my promoter and Emanuel, my manager. Lucian Bute would be a top, big, big fight.”

With the swift triumph, Adonis Stevenson moves to 18-1-0, 15ko and now holds a quartet of belts including IBF Inter-Continental super middleweight title, the WBC Silver belt, the WBO NABO belt and the NABA crown. Gonzalez fell back to 28-3-0, 20ko.

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