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STEVENSON STOPS KARPENCY IN 3RD


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Toronto, Ontario ? Haitian born, Montreal native Adonis ?Superman? Stevenson (26-1, 21 KO) defended his WBC World Light Heavyweight belt at 175 pounds on an auspicious day, 9/11. The Canadian slugger predicted a knockout when he spoke about facing off with American Tommy ?Kryptonite? Karpency (25-4-1, 14 KO?s). The match was set in Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto under the promotional company ?Global Legacy?; brainchild of Les Woods. The event collaborated with Quebec promoter Yvon Michel Groupe (GYM), Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), the former Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis and American promoter Al Haymon. Spike TV, PBC and TSN aired the first World Title match in 30 years in the Toronto area. In 1984 it was Nicky Furlano pitted against Aaron Pryor.

Stevenson had been working with the late Emanuel Steward at the Kronk gym, located in Detroit, in the last years of the famous coach and continues with Javan ?Sugar? Hill, a trainer of the same gym. The irony of ?Superman? facing ?Kryptonite? seemed like there would be fireworks and there were as expected. The two Southpaws had their work in front of them with a very similar boxing record and the exact same fighting stance. Two southpaws facing each other for a world title belt is quite rare, but the allure of the awkward stance becomes nullified when facing another Southpaw. The WBC World Light-Heavyweight Title was at stakes. Karpency coming off a 4 fight win streak and Stevenson with 13 fights, 5 by way of knockout.

The Undercards

Oleksandr Teslenko (Pro Debut) versus Sandor Balogh (6-2, 4 KO) ?Heavyweight 200+lbs, 4 Rounds: Teslenko coming out of the amateur scene from the Ukraine with over 200 fights, now Toronto based, had an impressive debut displaying balance, power, patience with technical savvy. This one sided fight was a great way to open the night. Official decision: Teslenko wins via technical knockout (Referee stoppage) in the second round at 1:38. He begins his resume undefeated at (1-0).

Sandy ?Lil? Tyson? Tsagouris (12-2, 6 KO) versus Shannon ?Shotgun? O?Connell (11-3, 6 KO) Featherweight 126 lbs- 8 Rounds: In this competitive female bout both fighters were exchanging hard and fast. Tsagouris scored an early knockdown in the first round and landed the better punches. Tsagouris, the scrappy Canadian took the Aussie to school in a battle of skill and will. ?The Shotgun? didn?t make it easy with her speed and technical ability especially off her snapping left hook. O?Connell scores a devastating cross in the fourth round sending the Canadian to the canvas. With wobbling legs ?Lil? Tyson? got her feet steadfast and remained safe to continue. The Australian fighter remained bloody from the fifth round on from an incidental head-butt, but it did not fragment her perseverance. O?Connell kept fighting with everything she had and refused to drop even after the destructive power the Canadian femme delivered. The transaction between the fighters was tenacious, unrelenting and explosive. Tsagouris wins a unanimous decision in one of the toughest fights of her career. Tsagouris upgrades to (13-2, 6KO). This fight was a fan favourite and could have been fight of the night.

Carman ?Big Country? Dillon (8-2, 7 KO) versus Donovan ?Razor? Ruddock (40-5-1, 30 KO). Heavyweight 200+ lbs - 10 Rounds: For the first Canadian Heavyweight title defense, Dillon faces legendary ?Razor? Ruddock. ?Big Country? controlled the pace of the action with tactical combinations with Ruddock landing a sparse uppercut. Dillion lands a snapping hook when the two are tied up in the corner and earns the initial knockdown. Once referee Mark Simmons allows the action to continue Dillion flattens Ruddock on to his back with a strong cross. Referee Simmons gets to a count of 3 before stopping the fight. Ruddock should consider retirement after the severity of the knockout and his age. Official decision is Knockout in the third round at 2:05 minutes with winner Carman Dillion (9-2, 8 KO).

Errol ?The Truth? Spence Jr. (17-0, 14 KO) versus Chris ?The Heat? Van Heerden (23-1-1, 12 KO). Welterweight 147 lbs - 10 Rounds: Spence Jr. brings in an eloquent style that produces both power and punch volume. Van Heerden shows why he is the IBF International Champion and presses his experience by fending off the strong willed England Native. The two Southpaws had an exciting match trading punch for punch, blow for blow. Spence, the dominant boxer in the fight, wins a majority of the trades and bloodies ?The Heat?. This bout was highly entertaining with back and forth action and the rounds won by narrow margins. In the seventh round Spence Jr. earns a knockdown while Van Heerden defended on the ropes. Seconds later ?The Truth? sends ?The Heat? back to the canvas for a second time with body blows. In round 8 Spence Jr. turns up the volume and lands countless mixed combinations to the head and body forcing the referee to stop the contest. Official decision Spence Jr. via Technical Knockout (TKO) by referee stoppage 1:53 minutes in the 8th round. Spence Jr. enhances his record to an undefeated (18-0, 14 KO).

Co-Main Event

Prichard ?Digget? Colon (15-0, 12 KO) versus Vivian ?Vicious? Harris (32-10-2, 19 KO). Welterweight 147 lbs - 8 Rounds: Undefeated Colon hailing from Puerto Rico decisively used his range and power to keep Harris at length. His pugilism is technical artistry and accurate strength. This style of fighting prevented Harris from landing anything significant. Colon was able to put together rally?s that prevented Harris from gathering a forward assault. In the fourth round Colon put on a punching clinic and landed several blows in the small vulnerable pockets where his ?Vicious? could not protect himself. The accuracy was too much for Harris and he fell concussed to the canvas and could not meet the referee?s count. Colon improves to (16-0, 13 KO) via Knockout in the fourth round. Colon is the next generation of great boxers. Keep an eye out for this pugilist as his career will become a favourite in the mainstream boxing scene.



Adonis Stevenson (R) celebrates after stopping Tommy Karpency in the 3rd round of their 12-round WBC world light heavyweight title fight in Ontario, Canada Friday. Photo by Ivan Montiel.

Main Event

Adonis ?Superman? Stevenson (26-1, 21 KO) versus Tommy ?Kryptonite? Karpency (25-4-1, 14 KO) Light Heavyweight 175 lbs - 12 Rounds: In the opening stanza Stevenson looked slow to start with Karpency controlling a lot of the action until Stevenson land a crisp straight right that momentarily buckled to feet of the American Karpency. In the second round ?Kryptonite? was able to land a glancing hook and wobble the Canadian champion. In the closing seconds of the same round Stevenson lands a powerful cross that stuns Karpency and ?Superman? jumps right on top of him with several more punches that sends the American to the matt. Karpency survives the count. In the opening seconds of the fourth third round Stevenson lands a devastating combination that stops Karpency. ?Kryptonite? stands and attempts to continue, but the referee does not agree and stops the fight. Official decision: Stevenson wins via technical knockout 21 seconds into the third round and retains his WBC World Light Heavyweight title. His record stands at (27-1, 21 KO).


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