ADONIS STEVENSON BACK IN ACTION IN NOVEMBER
Press Release: World light heavyweight champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (22-1, 19 KOs) has announced his fourth fight for 2013. He will face WBC #1 contender Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KOs) of England, on Saturday, November 30th at Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Canada. On the same show, Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs), who holds the WBO Light heavyweight title, defends against Ismayl "The Black Russian" Sillakh (21-1, 17 KOs). Both fights will televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:15 p. m. ET/PT.
The 36-year-old Stevenson, now living in Blainville (Quebec, Canada), won his world heavyweight title by way of a first-round knockout in 76 seconds over "Bad" Chad Dawson. In Stevenson's first defense (September 28th), former IBF champion Tavoris Cloud (24-1, 19 KOs) was supposed to be a major test for the new world champion. It was quite different as the powerful left-hander pressured Cloud from the start, forcing the challenger to retire at the end of the seventh round. Stevenson gave Cloud a boxing lesson, displaying brilliant skills, finesse, speed and defensive power.
According to the lead promoter, GYM president Yvon Michel, "This attractive boxing event also helps bring international prestige to the beautiful City of Quebec for the first time since Pascal vs. Hopkins and Bute vs. Johnson. We find ourselves with valuable support, including Mayor Régis Labeaume and his team, whom we thank for their co-operation."
"We are very happy to be participating in this event as co-promoter in the wonderful city of Quebec," InterBox President Jean Bédard said. "We will put all our resources and knowledge at the forefront in order to contribute to the success of this event."
"Stevenson... is receiving universal recognition as an exceptional boxer, as well as a superior athlete who, through his most recent performances, has risen to the level of his generation's greatest champions," Michel declared. "Adonis Stevenson is already considered a major international attraction in professional boxing. Every time he goes into the ring, he has an opportunity to increase its visibility and reputation."
The 30-year-old Bellew is a native of Liverpool in the United Kingdom. After a great amateur boxing career, he turned professional in 2007. He has suffered only one loss to then WBO titlist Nathan Cleverly in 2011. He defeated Isaac Chilemba on points in a WBC title eliminator this last May 25th in the UK. Among his notable victories was a ninth-round technical knockout of the usually durable Colombian Edison Miranda (35-7, 30 KOs).
The bout between Kovalev and Sillakh has also raised a lot of interest around the world. Kovalev once terrorized boxing rings around the world representing the Russian National Team. Now a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, he continues in the same vein as a professional, stopping 20 of his 22 opponents, including his last six in a row. In his WBO world title fight last August in England, he was so strong that he tore the title belt from defending champion Cleverly (26-0, 12 KOs), by way of a fourth-round knockout. Kovalev has fought only 61 rounds during his pro career in 22 fights. Eighteen of his 22 fights have ended three rounds or less.
Sillakh was one of the most decorated amateurs of his time in international boxing. The former World Cup champion as an amateur turned pro in 2008. In 2012, he lost to Denis Grachev (11-0-1, 7 KOs) by eighth-round TKO. Sillakh has his last four fights to reappear in the world rankings.
Tickets will go on sale this Saturday (Oct. 19th) at 10:00 a.m. ET, at Pepsi Coliseum box office, on www.billeteck.com, at GYM (514) 383-0666, InterBox (Marie-Josée Fontaine) (450) 645-1041 or Boxing Club Champion (514) 376-0980.