Canadian ‘Superman’ Adonis Stevenson makes his fourth defence of his WBC World Light Heavyweight title on home soil at the Quebec City Coliseum, Canada, on December 19th. He is challenged by 33 year-Old Russian contender Dmitry ‘The Hunter’ Sukhotsky, who is making his second career assault on a world title.
Sukhotsky already has one failed title bid to his name as he lost via a unanimous decision to Germany’s Jurgen Braehmer back in 2009. Despite having held world title belts Braehmer is not the major force in the 175lbs division so the Russian is in for an even harder task as he faces off against one of the two kingpins in the Light Heavyweight division in Adonis Stevenson.
Sukhotsky possesses good punching power himself though having stopped 16 opponents in his 22 wins. He will be hoping that at some point during the fight he will be presented with the opportunity to use it; after all, Stevenson has shown some chinks in his armour whilst rising to the elite echelon of the division. There is a single blemish on his almost stellar professional record; a second round knockout loss to Darnell Boone in 2010 proves that he can be hurt and is after all human. In addition to that fact Sukhotsky may be taking some confidence from Stevenson’s last outing where despite deservedly winning on the scorecards, he was knocked to the canvas in the ninth round against obscure Polish challenger Andrzej Fonfara after not being able to find a show closing punch early on in the bout.
Stevenson and his team will likely have learnt the lesson from that drama though and with some potentially huge fights on the horizon there is no room for him to slip up against a fighter who simply doesn’t look elite calibre. Certainly on paper at least, he has advantages in most departments and should have too much for his opponent to handle. Whilst it may be somewhat disrespectful to Sukhotsky the boxing public will be branding this as a tune up fight for Stevenson in preparation for a mega unification showdown with the Krusher Sergey Kovalev. Kovalev is the WBA, IBF and WBO champion and the fight fans are eagerly anticipating a match up with the WBC champion as the winner would prove to be the unified undisputed champion.
The almost simultaneous emergence of the two knockout merchants have injected fresh life into a division which had previously looked desperately devoid of star quality. There are some doubts still as to when we will see the fight materialise with Stevenson’s swiftly engineered exit from HBO to join rival network Showtime and team up with the infamous Al Haymon. The move put an impending fight with Kovalev on hold and will certainly make it harder for any negotiations to be finalised. Whilst fellow countryman Jean Pascal represents another option for Adonis in an all Canadian showdown, there aren’t too many other top quality fighters to face and the fight fans will lose interest in the division once more if they don’t see the best pitted against the best soon enough.
STEVENSON: W24 KO20 L1 KO1 KO%80
SUKHOTSKY: W22 KO16 L2 KO0 KO%66.67