WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson became first to stop Tony Bellew

Last Updated: 01/12/13 3:41pm

  • Share:

Tony Bellew suffered a sixth round technical knockout to defending champion Adonis Stevenson

Sky Bet

Tony Bellew was unsuccessful in his bid to take the WBC light-heavyweight title from Canada's Adonis Stevenson in Quebec City.

Stevenson won in a sixth-round technical knockout, the first time Bellew had been stopped in his 23-fight career.

A huge left-hand knocked Bellew off his feet and, although he beat the count, the fight was stopped by referee Michael Griffin when the Liverpudlian was boxed into a corner and taking more punishment moments later.

Bellew, who lost a world title challenge to Nathan Cleverly in 2011, had boxed smartly in the early rounds and drew blood from Stevenson's nose in the third.

But Stevenson found his range with the left hand later in the third round, snapping Bellew's head back on a couple of occasions.

A wild exchange in the fourth saw Stevenson go down, but it was ruled a slip after the fighters' feet tangled.

Urged by his corner to vary his attack, Stevenson did just that in the sixth, setting up the knockdown with a right to the ribs.

"He said I'm a dwarf, and the dwarf knocked him out," said 36-year-old Stevenson, who was giving up four inches in height and five years in age to the 6ft 3in Bellew.

"He said I'm a dwarf, and the dwarf knocked him out."
Adonis Stevenson on Tony Bellew

"I told him, when he's going to feel my power, I'm going to drop him out."

Froch next?

Stevenson improved his record to 23 wins - including 20 knockouts - with just the one defeat and he is now targeting a fight with England's Carl Froch or American veteran Bernard Hopkins, rather than a unification showdown with unbeaten Russian Sergey Kovalev.

"The fans of Quebec City want Carl Froch or Bernard Hopkins," said Stevenson following his victory. "Kovalev is a good fighter too.

"I don't have a problem with Kovalev, right now but the fans of Quebec City want Carl Froch and Bernard Hopkins. That's what the fans want."

Kovalev defended his WBO version of the light-heavyweight title with a second-round knockout of Ukrainian Ismayl Sillakh on the same card.

  • Share:


Stevenson v Bellew

Tony Bellew: stepped up after defeat by Adonis Stevenson

Bellew starts with Brudov

Tony Bellew hopes to announce his arrival in the cruiserweight division with a crushing win over Valery Brudov.

Tony Bellew: Liverpool fighter stopped in six rounds by Adonis Stevenson

Bellew weighs up future

Tony Bellew will consider moving up a division after losing to WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson.

Bellew positive despite loss

Tony Bellew had no complaints after losing his World Title fight to Adonis Stevenson - and hinted he could follow rival Nathan Cleverly and move up to cruiserweight.


Most Popular


Heavyweight Hopes

Heavyweight Hopes

We will get up, close and personal with him in Anthony Joshua Heavyweight Hopes, soon.

Promoting the future

Promoting the future

Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren have still got the bug and are both already looking forward to what lies ahead.

He will be GGGreat

He will be GGGreat

Tony Bellew and Jamie Moore will be in the studio as Gennady Golovkin fights Daniel Geale on Sky Sports.