By Matt Casavant/Dave Spencer at ringside
Photos: Herby Whyne
IBF #1 rated super middleweight Adonis “Superman” Adonis Stevenson (20-1, 17 KOs) avenged his only career loss in devastating fashion from the Bell Centre in Montreal as he knocked Darnell Boone (19-21-3, 8 KOs) out cold with a straight left at 2:43 of the sixth round. The victory sets up a scheduled bout with WBC light-heavyweight championship bout with Chad Dawson for June 8th. Boone was overmatched but proved to be a tough nut to crack for Stevenson, but the powerful southpaw never stopped cracking. After having Boone down earlier in the round, a left uppercut left Boone hurt and open and the Montreal fighter made no mistake in delivering the final blow.
Light heavyweight Eleider Alvarez now (12-0,8KOs) scored an emphatic 3rd knockout victory over former sparring partner Nicholson Poulard (19-4-1,9KOs) and retains his NABO title successfully while claiming Poulard’s NABA belt. Alvarez continued his climb towards an eventual world title opportunity as he proves to be a force to be reckoned with. The pugilists started the contest cautiously in the opening round with very few punches being thrown despite the noticeable intensity of both fighters. Alvarez started to establish the pace in the 2nd round landing some right hands behind the jab but Poulard maintained an overall solid defense while trying to counter with power shots of his own. However, the power of Alvarez came through in the 3rd round as Poulard pinned to the ropes was on the receiving of a straight jab right hand combination that landed flush. Poulard collapse to the canvas for a few seconds before making it back on his feet albeit in bad shape, referee Marlon Wright deemed Poulard unfit to continue and proceeded to stop the fight at the 2:08min mark of the 3rd round. Alvarez, a Colombian native but Montreal resident may end up being the co-feature of the massive Pascal-Bute event May 25th at this very same Bell Centre.
Heavyweight Didier Bence (8-0 2KO) worked his way to a hard earned 76-75, 78-73, 78-73 decision over Jonte Willis (9-5-1 3-KO) of Tacoma Washington. Technical at times, a hug fest at others, Bence was able to score a knockdown in the third with a short hook and scored a monster right hand to severely shake Willis to end the fifth. Willis had his moments earlier in the fight and had his best round in the fourth where Bence was on shaky legs a couple of times, but wasn’t able to follow up.
Heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (1-0, 1KO) made his pro debut a successful one winning by 2nd rd TKO over the veteran journeyman David Whittom now (11-20,1, 7KOs). Fury only 18 years of age, was one of the most touted amateur prospects before turning pro having won gold in the Youth World Championships as recently as this past December. Fury listed as 6’8” on boxrec, used his considerable height and reach advantage in the 1st round outboxing Whittom and keeping him at bay. Fury opened up in the second round and landed a right hand behind the jab that wobbled considerably the once iron chinned Whittom. The resident of Quebec City got up but was on shaky legs something his corner obviously noticed as they intervened and threw in the towel. Hughie Fury is trained by his father Peter and is the cousin of undefeated heavyweight contender Tyson Fury.
Junior-middleweight prospect Mian Hussain improved his record to (5-0, 4KOs) by scoring a decisive 2nd rd TKO victory over opponent Basilio Silva (11-7,9KOs) who fails to go the distance for the 5th time in his career. Hussain, a southpaw, landed a few nice left hands in the first round and proved to be much stronger physically than his Dominican counterpart. The straight left found the mark in the 2nd round in even more devastating fashion knocking down Silva early in the round. The 22 year old Laval product wasted no time in attempting to finish Silva blitzing the dazed fighter which resulted in Hussain scoring a straight left as Silva was pulling back. The punch proved to be the knockout blow as Silva went down hard to the canvas with his head bouncing back off the mat forcing referee Jean-Guy Brousseau to stop the action at 1:22 minute mark of the 2nd round. Hussain is managed by Camille Estaphan and is trained by Mike Moffa.
Unbeaten bantamweight Marc Pagcaliwangan (4-0 4 KOs) had a quick night as Dominican opponent Jose Fernandez (2-1) came up with an injured right hand at the end of the first round calling an end to the bantamweight bout. The previously undefeated fighter started shaking the right half way through the opening round and there was no hesitation when his corner started removing his glove when he made his way to the corner after an uneventful three minutes.
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