Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson defends his WBC light heavyweight title against Chicago-based Polish challenger Andrej Fonfara in a rematch at the Bell Centre Quebec City in Canada on June 3rd. If the first fight is anything to go by this could be a firecracker.
Andrzej bounced back from a crushing knockout defeat to Joe Smith Jr by stopping Chad Dawson back in March at the Barclays Center in New York City.
Meanwhile, Adonis who sports the famous Kronk Gym colours made light work of Thomas Williams Jr putting him to sleep with a crisp, short left hook to the head in round four at the Centre Videotron. He may be 39 years old but he proved he is still a fearsome champion at light heavyweight.
THE STORY OF THE FIRST FIGHT
Both men tasted the canvas in the first fight. Adonis Stevenson with his awesome explosive power was dangerous early on and sent Fonfara down with a straight left hand from a one- two combination in the second minute of round one. Whilst the Pole did not look seriously hurt, Stevenson smelled blood and moved to close the show unleashing a barrage of heavy left hands, but Andrej tucked up well and survived the round.
Fonfara began working his way into the contest but in round five Stevenson put him down again, another two punch combination, this time jabbing to the head before stinging a ramrod straight left hand to the body. Fonfara’s had been down but critically his spirit remained unbroken but in round six he was caught by the same straight left to the body which sent him into reverse gear.
Despite Adonis producing the accurate work, Fonfara was still a live threat and was coming on stronger in the seventh and eighth. His self belief in his work was rewarded in round nine when he backed his opponent up and caught him with a right hand that put him on the seat of his pants.
Now Stevenson looked tired and Fonfara looked to capitalise but was slowed down by some smart bodywork by Adonis. Both fighters ended the fight punching to the bell to end a great fight.
No two fights are ever the same goes the old saying. However for this one, I am predicting more of the same from both. Their styles gel well for a great fight. Few fighters are able to stand up to the power of Superman Stevenson but Fonfara was able to weather the early storm last time.
Adonis with his natural power will be very dangerous early on again. Stevenson has to slow Fonfara down by investing to the body in the early rounds. He did it extremely well in the first fight after putting Fonfara down in round five but he will have to do the same from the off to stop the pole coming on strong.
Fonfara has a great engine and his best chance to win is to force a high tempo from the off, back Adonis up whenever possible and drain his energy by exerting his physicality in the clinches. Having knocked Stevenson down, it might give him a mental boost going into this fight and give him the confidence to commit to some power punches earlier.
Fonfara standing a 6ft 2 and half inches tall is tall and rangy at light heavy but although he is fighting a smaller man in Adonis who stands at 5ft 11 he does not have any real advantage when it comes to reach. Adonis Stevenson has a very long reach for his height at 77 inches which is very similar to Fonfara’s.
With the power Stevenson posesses he always has the potential to KO an opponent early and you couldn’t rule that possibility out. However, Fonfara has a lot of heart, stamina and durability so you’d expect him to display his usual resilience. Whilst you would have to favour Adonis to win again, he is coming in off a 10 month layoff. He may well be in for a real tough night at the office.