Boxing needs Adonis Stevenson to be a world champion
By Scott Gilfoid: The sooner the IBF strips IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch the better if he’s not going to defend his strap against the talented knockout artist Adonis Stevenson (19-1, 16 KO’s) after he earned the IBF mandatory spot by destroying Don George earlier this month in their International Boxing Federation eliminator.
The IBF has ordered Froch to fight the dangerous Stevenson after Froch’s fight next month against Yusaf Mack on November 17th, but Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn is talking about wanting to get the IBF go grant Froch and exception so that he can face Lucian Bute, Mikkel Kessler and Andre Ward. That’s some exception, isn’t it? In other words, Stevenson would have to wait for likely for all of 2013 and even then Froch will likely retire rather than face Stevenson.
No, the IBF needs to do the right thing and that’s strip Froch if he won’t agree to fight Stevenson after the Mack fight. We can’t have a talent like Stevenson wasting a way like this. It’s not as if Stevenson is young enough to where it won’t really hurt him by having him sit around while Froch faces whoever he pleases. Stevenson is 35 just like Froch, and he can’t be just sitting on the shelf for years waiting for Froch to fight all the guys that he has on his list.
Stevenson is good for the game because of his speed, power and his exciting fight. He’s not a slow plodder that’s boring to watch. He’s someone that electrifies the crowds with his incredible 1st and 2nd round knockouts. He reminds me of a Mike Tyson type of fighter but at 168 instead of heavyweight. Stevenson had been hoping to fight a bigger name for his last fight in the IBF eliminator bout but none of the top super middleweights wanted to mix it up with him, and they all said no until it down far in the rankings to Don George, who readily agreed to the fight.
I think Stevenson has at least three to five good years left in his game. He’s got that fast twitch nerve fiber that makes him incredibly fast and power. Even if he slows down a little in the next few years, he has such a huge advantage in speed over the other top super middleweights that he’ll still remain incredibly fast. Boxing needs this talent to be champion because it’s good for the game.