By Dave Spencer at ringside
In an IBF super middleweight eliminator Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (19-1, 16 KOs) scored five knockdowns over a gutsy but outgunned Donovan “Da Bomb” George (23-3-1, 20 KOs) winning by TKO at :55 of the twelfth round TKO on Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Stevenson broke open a good fight by dropping George twice in round five, but George battled back fiercely at the bell. Stevenson battered George to the deck again in round six. There was no quit in George, however, and he battled on. Referee Marlon Wright mercifully stopped the bout in the final round with an exhausted George hitting the canvas twice.
The fight was equal parts domination by Stevenson and determination by George who absorbed a myriad of debilitating body blows that would have kept a lesser man on the canvas. “It’s not in my genetics to be a quitter,” said George after the fight. “I’m a fighter, I prepare for this, everybody has their ups and downs, I was hurt twenty times during that fight, but I’m not a quitter and I will never quit.”
It was easily the most complete performance by the 35-year-old Stevenson and not at all what George was expecting with the local fighter employing a constant jab and perpetual ring movement along with the advertised bag of hammers in both hands. “He fought a completely different fight than we expected,” said George, “We figured we’d lock horns in the middle of the ring, but he fought a great fight and had a great game plan against me.”
George showed glimpses of what makes him such a dangerous fighter in the third when he quickly dealt up a series of right hand in rapid succession with the first one getting through and the remainder being partially blocked by Stevenson. The rally was enough to have the fighter bounding back to his corner after the rang but the moment was a fleeting one.
“I felt that I never really hurt him but I was able to stun him a few times during the fight, it just shows what a fighter he is becoming, and to answer the question, ‘Does Stevenson have a chin? Yeah, I hit him hard, I hit him really hard one time, he might of got rattled, but he came back and fought a really good fight.”
The Chicago fighter was more aggressive in the fourth but swallowed more than his fair share of left hands and the following round felt the full brunt of Stevenson’s power with a left to the body that almost sliced him in two. George bravely fended off his attacker who suddenly smelt victory like someone cracking open smelling salts and opening up. George still reeling from the first knockdown would hit the canvas again before the round was over but also came bravely back, somehow mustering an attack of his own before the bell was sounded to end three minutes that must have felt ten times that to the visiting fighter.
Stevenson who injured his left hand early in the contest was able to place hid punches really well in a dominating sixth round where the lingering body shot from the previous round were still lingering with the southpaw finally cornering his guest and landing a right to the body that was finally one straw too many and forcing George down to the canvas once again.
“After the third round I didn’t have the proper leverage to land my right hand, I’m pretty sure my ribs are broken, obviously if you’ve seen me fight, my only punch is my right hand. I threw it, I just couldn’t find him, I couldn’t time it.”
With George’s only weapon diminished and Stevenson with his own hurting howitzer, the Montreal fighter boxed smartly as he moved into largely unchartered waters having only been ten once in his career. Stevenson would land telling blows over the course of the second half of the fight, significant enough to show he was still a presence and not about to fade. A jaw crunching uppercut in the eighth along with popping right to the body in the ninth moved the fight along at a nice pace with the Kronk Gym fighter solidly in control.
When George did have a chance in the tenth with Stevenson on the ropes, it was clear that the gas tank was empty and that he had nothing left to deliver to change the course of the fight.
Stevenson though had plenty left and as he entered the final round and knew he was in complete control as he played to the crowd. A low blow started of a barrage that had his opponent reeling and back-tracking before finally be bulled down into the canvas. “I showed I can twelve I opened up the machine and just finished it,” said Stevenson afterwards.
Middleweight David Lemieux (27-2 26KO) continued to excite Montreal boxing fans with a scintillating knockout of Alvaro Gaona (11-2) at 2:48 of the opening round. Gaona was willing to trade with hammer fisted local fighter and quickly paid the price for doing so. Lemieux initially missed on some big shots, but once he connected, the results were devastating. A right hand had the Mexican fighter down and bouncing across the ring on his backside. Lemieux looked possessed as he raged across the ring scoring with a left hook that put Gaona out cold in the centre of the ring for at least five minutes before finally getting up.
Light heavyweight Elieder Alvarez (10-0 6KO) scored three second round knockdowns for a TKO victory at 2:20 over Daniel Regi. It is expected that the fast rising star will meet Edison Miranda in December.
A crunching left hook to the body made for a short work night for undefeated junior middleweight Kevin Bizier (18-0 13 KO) as he was able to put down previously undefeated Polish opponent Patrick Litkiewicz (6-1 3KO) for a count of ten and beyond at 1:53 of the opening round.
London England junior middleweight John O’Donnell dominated Dominican opponent Tomas Mendez over the course of eight rounds scoring a 79-73, 79-73, 78-74 win.
Heavyweight Didier Bence survived a first round scare at the hands of veteran Harold Sconiers as he hurt with a right hand and driven back into the ropes where referee Steve St Germaine helped save the fighter by ruling it a knockdown. The six time Canadian amateur champion came back scoring knockdowns in the second third and sixth for a 58-52 victory on all three cards.