Adonis Stevenson

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Adonis Stevenson
Real name Stevenson Adonis[1][2][3]
Rated at Super middleweight
Light heavyweight
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Reach 77 in (196 cm)
Nationality Canadian
Born (1977-09-22) September 22, 1977 (age 38)
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 28
Wins 27
Wins by KO 22
Losses 1

Stevenson Adonis (born September 22, 1977), best known as Adonis Stevenson, is a Haitian-born Canadian professional boxer. His known name is an inversion of his family name and given name.[1][2][3] Nicknamed "Superman", Stevenson is the reigning lineal, WBC and The Ring magazine light heavyweight champion, having won all three titles from Chad Dawson in 2013. He is a member of Kronk Boxing Team and was one of the last fighters trained by Emanuel Steward before his death.

Amateur career[edit]

Stevenson was Quebec Middleweight champion in 2004, and best amateur fighter of the country in 2005-2006. He also grabbed the Canada national title in 2005 and 2006. Stevenson competed in the XVIII Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia in 2006 and won the silver medal losing to Local Australian, Jarrod Fletcher in the final. It was also the only medal a Canadian boxer received at the games.

He holds a record of 33-5 in amateur contests.

Professional career[edit]


Stevenson turned professional in September 2006.

On August 1, 2009, at Windsor Station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Stevenson defeated Anthony Bonsante by first round knockout. The two fighters came out of their corners for the fight with Bonsante launching the first attack, but just moments after the assault, Stevenson landed a left hand that sent Bonsante down to the canvas. Bonsante sprawled out on the canvas with his eyes closed, while the referee reached the count of six before stopping the fight. Bonsante had begun to get up at the count of six, but it was too late, leaving Bonsante livid with the decision as he chased the referee around the ring in an attempt to protest the decision, but to little avail.[4][5] He also won a fifth round TKO decision against Jermain Mackey on September 25, 2009.

On April 17, 2010, in his first fight in the United States, which also was his first time fighting for promoter Lou DiBella, he suffered his first defeat being stopped in the second round by Darnell Boone. Boone had been knocked down on the canvas twice in the first round, however, in the second round, Stevenson rushed to Boone without maintaining his defense and he got caught by a solid right sending him on the canvas for the first time in his career. Stevenson managed to get back on his feet inside the count of 10, however, the referee ended the fight even if Stevenson seemed ready to continue the bout.

Nonetheless, Stevenson resumed with GYM Promotions and won the North American title NABA on April 8, 2011 at the expense of Derek Edwards by KO in the third round. He then won by referee stoppage in the first round against Dion Savage (Shujaa El-Amin) on September 17, 2011, and retained his title against Aaron Pryor Jr on December 10, 2011 by referee stoppage in the ninth round. Stevenson jumped from 15th to 2nd position for the IBF title, winning by KO in the first round duel against Jesus Gonzalez on February 18, 2012.[6][7] He then fought Noe Gonzalez on April 20, 2012 and won the fight at 1:40 in the second round when the referee stopped the fight.[8]

His next fight originally set to be against Don George with the winner getting a shot at the IBF champion. The fight was originally scheduled to be a co/main event of a fight card also including a match between Jean Pascal and Tavoris Cloud on August 11, 2012 but the even was cancelled due to an injury suffered by Pascal. The Stevenson fight was then moved up to August 17, 2012 and was set to be part of ESPN Friday Night Fights,[9] but Stevenson later injured his hand cancelling the fight.[10] The fight was then rescheduled to October 12.[11] In the fight Stevenson knocked George down twice in the fifth and once in the sixth round before winning the fight with a 12th round TKO after knocking him down twice more.[12]

Stevenson avenged his only loss, knocking out Darnell Boone with a pair of lefts in the sixth round in March 22, 2013 at the Bell Centre. The left-hander, fighting at 171.9 pounds, forced Boone to take a knee with a right hook to the body early in the sixth, then stunned him coming out of a corner with a left uppercut, followed with a straight left that sent Boone on the canvas.


Stevenson vs Dawson[edit]

Stevenson moved up to light-heavyweight to face Lineal/WBC/The Ring champion Chad Dawson on June 8, 2013. Stevenson hit Dawson with a left hook that dropped him very early in the first round of the fight, and although Dawson got up before the count of eight the referee stopped the fight giving Stevenson an unexpected knockout victory. Stevenson's victory was his eighth straight since his only career defeat, all coming by knockout.

Stevenson vs Cloud[edit]

The WBC originally ordered Stevenson to face mandatory challenger Tony Bellew, but then allowed him to make a voluntary defense first against Tavoris Cloud, where the winner of the fight must face Bellew at a later date.[13]

On September 28, Stevenson fought Tavoris Cloud and dominated the precedings, flustering Cloud with quick hands and shocking power. The result ended when Cloud failed to answer the bell for the start of the eighth round.[14]

Stevenson vs Bellew[edit]

On November 30, 2013, Stevenson defended his light heavyweight title against Tony Bellew at the Colisee Pepsi. His victory came in the sixth round when the referee stopped the fight, with Bellew unable to fight back.[15] According to Nielsen Media Research firm, the Stevenson-Bellew fight attracted an average of 1.3 million viewers on the HBO network, making it the 5th most watched bout of 2013.[16]

Stevenson vs Fonfara[edit]

Stevenson defended his Lineal/WBC/The Ring titles against Andrzej Fonfara on May 24, 2014, in Montreal, Quebec. Stevenson started off very well, dropping his opponent twice with sharp lefts and appeared close to stopping his opponent. Fonfara however, recovered very well, even dropping Stevenson in the ninth round. Stevenson similarly recovered quickly and survived to win a wide unanimous decision.

Stevenson vs Sukhotsky[edit]

Stevenson defended his belts against Russian contender Dmitry Sukhotsky in Quebec City, Quebec, and Stevenson dominated the fight from the very beginning and ended up dropping Sukhotsky four times during the bout and eventually knocked him out in the 5th round to retain his belts.

Stevenson vs Bika[edit]

Stevenson faced contender Sakio Bika on April 4, 2015. Stevenson dropped Bika twice during the bout and would go on to win a unanimous (115-11, 116-110, 115-110) decision victory.[17]

Personal life[edit]

In 2012, in response to questioning at a press conference before a fight, Stevenson admitted to serving jail time in Bordeaux, Quebec on charges of managing prostitutes, assault, and making threats.[18] Stevenson served four years in prison for these crimes and crimes that took place while in prison, and was released in 2001.[19][20]

Professional boxing record[edit]

27 Wins (22 knockouts, 5 decisions), 1 Losses[21]
Res. Record Opponent Type Round,
Date Location Notes
Win 27–1 United States Tommy Karpency TKO 3 (12), 0:21 2015-09-11 Canada Ricoh Coliseum Toronto, Ontario Retained lineal, WBC and The Ring (magazine) Light heavyweight titles.
Win 26–1 Cameroon Sakio Bika UD 12 2015-04-04 Canada Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec Retained lineal, WBC and The Ring (magazine) Light heavyweight titles.
Win 25–1 Russia Dmitry Sukhotsky KO 5 (12), 2:42 2014-12-19 Canada Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec Retained lineal, WBC and The Ring (magazine) Light heavyweight titles.
Win 24–1 Poland Andrzej Fonfara UD 12 2014-05-24 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Retained lineal, WBC and The Ring (magazine) Light heavyweight titles.
Win 23–1 United Kingdom Tony Bellew TKO 6 (12), 1:50 2013-11-30 Canada Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec Retained lineal, WBC and The Ring (magazine) Light heavyweight titles.
Win 22–1 United States Tavoris Cloud RTD 7 (12), 3:00 2013-09-28 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Retained lineal, WBC and The Ring (magazine) Light heavyweight titles.
Win 21–1 United States Chad Dawson KO 1 (12), 1:16 2013-06-08 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Won lineal, WBC and The Ring (magazine) Light heavyweight titles.
Win 20–1 United States Darnell Boone KO 6 (10), 2:43 2013-03-22 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
Win 19–1 United States Don George TKO 12 (12), 0:55 2012-10-12 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec IBF Super middleweight eliminator.
Win 18–1 Uruguay Noe Gonzalez Alcoba TKO 2 (12), 1:50 2012-04-20 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Won WBC Silver Super middleweight title.
Win 17–1 United States Jesus Gonzales KO 1 (12), 1:39 2012-02-18 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Won IBF Inter-Continental Super middleweight title.
Win 16–1 United States Aaron Pryor Jr. TKO 9 (12), 0:43 2011-12-10 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Retained NABA super-middleweight title.
Won vacant NABO super-middleweight title.
Win 15–1 United States Shujaa El-Amin TKO 1 (8), 1:57 2011-09-17 United States MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 14–1 United States Derek Edwards KO 3 (10), 1:48 2011-04-08 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Won NABA super middleweight title.
Loss 13–1 United States Darnell Boone TKO 2 (8), 0:17 2010-04-16 United States Wicomico Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland
Win 13–0 The Bahamas Jermain Mackey TKO 5 (12), 0:20 2009-09-25 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Won vacant WBC International super-middleweight title.
Win 12–0 United States Anthony Bonsante KO 1 (12), 0:46 2008-08-01 Canada Gare Windsor Salle des Pas Perdus, Montreal, Quebec Retained WBC Continental Americas super-middleweight title.
Win 11–0 United States Dhafir Smith TKO 5 (12), 0:40 2008-04-05 Canada Casino de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec Won vacant WBC Continental Americas super-middleweight title.
Win 10–0 Canada David Whittom UD 10 2007-12-07 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Won vacant Canada super-middleweight title.
Win 9–0 United States Marlon Hayes UD 8 2007-08-03 Canada Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec
Win 8–0 Mexico Alvaro Enriquez KO 1 (6), 2:00 2007-06-08 Canada Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec
Win 7–0 Barbados Marcus Thomas KO 1 (8), 1:23 2007-05-12 Canada Casino de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec
Win 6–0 United States Carl Cockerham UD 6 2007-04-14 Canada Casino de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec
Win 5–0 United States Etianne Whitaker TKO 1 (4), 1:47 2007-02-10 Canada Casino de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec
Win 4–0 Mexico Eduardo Calderon TKO 1 (6), 2:00 2006-12-11 Canada Casino de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec
Win 3–0 United States Bonnie Joe McGee TKO 2 (4), 1:08 2006-11-18 Canada Colisée, Trois-Rivières, Quebec
Win 2–0 Canada Ferenc Lankonde TKO 1 (4), 3:00 2006-10-28 Canada Casino du Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Quebec
Win 1–0 Canada Mike Funk TKO 1 (4), 0:22 2006-09-30 Canada Casino de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec Professional debut.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Adonis Stevenson: La vraie histoire de Superman (La Presse)". La Presse. 25 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Adonis Stevenson n'est pas une victime (Radio-Canada)". Radio-Canada. 2 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Stevenson: de l'ombre à la lumière (Le Nouvelliste (Haiti))". Le Nouvelliste (Haiti). 13 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Henderson, Jr., Benny (2008-08-02). "Bonsante tells the Doghouse, I was down but not out!". Doghouse Boxing. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
  5. ^ Spencer, Dave (2008-08-01). "Miranda shocks Demers!". Archived from the original on 5 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-02. [dead link]
  6. ^ TVASports February 18, 2012 (French)
  7. ^ TVASports February 21, 2012 (French)
  8. ^ "Boxing: Canada's Stevenson overpowers Gonzalez". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). 2012-04-21. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  9. ^ "Adonis Stevenson fights Don George in IBF 168 lb eliminator on August 17th". East Side Boxing. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  10. ^ "Adonis Stevenson injures hand, Friday’s fight with Don George off". 2012-08-13. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  11. ^ "Adonis Stevenson vs Don George Set For October 12". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  12. ^ "Canada's Stevenson stops George in 12th round to win wild IBF eliminator". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). 2012-10-13. 
  13. ^ "WBC gives permission for Adonis Stevenson v. Tavoris Cloud fight to go ahead". 2013-07-10. Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  14. ^ Rafael, Dan. "Stevenson-Cloud deal is near — Dan Rafael Blog — ESPN". Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  15. ^ "Stevenson stops Bellew to retain WBC light heavyweight title". The Globe and Mail (Toronto). 2013-12-01. Retrieved 1 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "Nielsen Ratings: 1.3 million tune into Stevenson/Kovalev twinbill on HBO during Thanksgiving Weekend.". Retrieved 5 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Adonis Stevenson outpoints Sakio Bika to retain light heavyweight crown". ESPN. 
  18. ^ Boxing, Phil. "Boxer Adonis Stevenson admits criminal past after years of suspicion". The Philippine boxing Journal. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  19. ^ 2013 Fighter of the Year: Adonis Stevenson - MMA - Chris Mannix -
  20. ^ Google Translate
  21. ^ Professional boxing record for Adonis Stevenson from BoxRec

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Preceded by
Chad Dawson
WBC Light Heavyweight Champion
The Ring Light Heavyweight Champion

June 8, 2013 – present
Preceded by
Juan Manuel Márquez
The Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year
Succeeded by
Sergey Kovalev