By Jack Price @PriceyJ97 - @BoxingOpinions1
Adonis 'Superman' Stevenson burst onto the light-heavyweight world scene back in June with a devastating 1st round KO over the division's No.1 and WBC world champ Chad Dawson, a victory that left boxing fans and fellow fighters in shock throughout the world. And now he's kept the incredible momentum going with a 7-round demolition job over another former world champ, Tavoris Cloud.
However, it wasn't the usual Adonis Stevenson victory we are used to seeing. The fight did end with a stoppage, but it was after a technical, systematic breakdown from Stevenson, who showed boxing skills we never knew he had. The Canadian fan-favorite put on a masterclass in front of his home crowd showing elusiveness and slick head and foot movement. This came as a shock to most. We knew he could hit hard, we knew he was incredibly strong but we did not know he skills like he showcased last night, because he's never shown them before. Its like he was trying to prove a point to those who called him either one-dimensional or one-trick pony. We now know he is definitely not that.
The performance took Cloud by surprise too. He was expecting Stevenson to meet fire with fire and just march forward and look for the knockout. Cloud tried to press the action and take the fight to Stevenson but he just couldn't catch him. Stevenson boxed and moved all night, but also did damage with almost every shot he threw. After 7-rounds of grueling punishment, it all finally became too much for Cloud and he pulled out at the end of the 7th, giving Stevenson his first successful defense of his WBC world title.
The future now looks incredibly bright for the 36-year old. Not only he is now known as one of the most exciting fighters in the world, he will now also be considered as one of the best. He was given a superstar response by the Canadian fans and you could clearly see that he was enjoying every single moment of the whole event. He will make the most of his time at the top because he's been waiting for it for so long.
There's so many mouth-watering match-ups put there involving him right. Sergey Kovalev obviously being the main one. I can't see it happening just yet but when it does, that will be one explosive fight. The next date for him looks like it will be British star Tony Bellew on November 30th, in Canada once again. This has all the makings of another explosive fight, and another opportunity for Stevenson to prove that he belongs at the very top with the very best fighters.