Stevenson stops George; Lemieux destroys Gaona in 1st round TKO
By Jim Dower: #2 IBF Adonis Stevenson (19-1, 16 KO’s) put himself in position to get a title shot against IBF super middleweight champion Carl Froch by knocking #11 IBF Don George (23-3-1, 20 KO’s) down five times en route to stopping him in the 12th round on Friday night at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Canada. George, 27, was in constant trouble from the 5th round on, getting knocked down twice in the 5th, once in the 6th and the final two times in the 12th before the fight was finally halted.
However, it’s still very hard to see Stevenson beating Froch, if he ever gets that fight. Froch is a lot better than George and he’d have found an answer to Stevenson’s straight left hands by nailing him with left hands and straights of his own. George simply was too slow and unable to stay on his feet tonight to really give Stevenson much of a fight. He did stagger Stevenson in the 5th late in the round, but that was pretty much all he could do.
Middleweight David Lemieux (27-2, 26 KO’s) rushed out quickly and blasted his 2nd tier opponent Alvaro Gaona (11-2, 7 KO’s) in the 1st round in a scheduled 10 round bout. Lemieux, 23, knocked Gaona down twice in the round before the fight was halted after Lemieux knocked him clean out with a left hook t the head. The fight was stopped at 2:48 of the round with Gaona badly hurt.
While this was a good win for Lemieux, it wasn’t the kind of fight that he really needed for him to improve. His main problems are his stamina, poor defense and pack of boxing skills. He’s not learning anything by going out and blasting out the 2nd and 3rd tier opposition fed to him by his promoters. He needs to take his time and work on his stamina, defense and learn to fight. He’s not getting anything from beating guys up in one round, because this is what he was doing against the poor opposition fed to him before his losses to Marco Antonio Rubio and Joachim Alcine. His management has now backed him off completely from facing halfway decent contenders and have put him back in the poor opposition for him to learn how to fight. But Lemieux has gone back to his old habits of trying to KO everyone in the 1st round, and he’s not going to get anywhere doing this because he can’t do that against quality opposition, as we’ve seen.
Other fight results on the card:
John O’Donnell UD 8 Tomas Mendez
Didier Bence UD 6 Harold Sconiers
Kevin Bizier KO 1 Patryk Litkiewicz
Eleider Alvarez TKO 2 Daniel Regi
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