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Stevenson destroys Boone; Fury defeats Whittom

Adonis StevensonBy Scott Gilfoid: #1 IBF super middleweight contender Adonis Stevenson (20-1, 17 KO’s) was able to gain revenge against journeyman Darnell Boone (19-21-3, 8 KO’s) by giving him a beating in the process of stopping him in the 6th round on Friday night at the Bell Centre, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


Stevenson ended the fight by hitting Boone with a big left uppercut that had him defenseless and out on his feet. Stevenson then nailed Boone with a final straight left hand that put him down for the count. Referee Michael Griffin stopped the fight at 2:43 of the round.

Boone took massive punishment in the fight, and normally a fight like this would have been stopped much earlier without Boone having to be stopped on the canvas, but Boone played possum for most of the fight by looking to land hard counters.

Boone was able to catch Stevenson with some big shots every now and then. In the 4th, Boone opened up with a flurry of shots that had Stevenson looking timid. However, Boone stopped punching and went back to the ropes and covered up for the remainder of the round. This is pretty much how Boone fought the entire fight, and it was a bad strategy to say the least.

The beginning of the end came in the 5th round when Stevenson nailed Boone with a couple of huge left hands that snapped his head causing him to back up against the ropes. Stevenson really punished Boone in the round, and it’s hard to understand why the referee didn’t halt the fight.

With this win, Stevenson will now move forward to face WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson next. This is going to be a much tougher fight for Stevenson because Dawson is a lot taller and he’s harder to hit. Stevenson has the speed and the power, but Dawson will have the reach and talent advantage.

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Heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (1-0, 1 KO’s), the 18-year-old nephew of heavyweight contender Tyson Fury, defeated journeyman David Whittom (11-20-1, 7 KO’s) by a 2nd TKO.

Fury connected with a chopping right hand to the head that sent the 34-year-old Whittom down. He got back up, but his corner threw in the towel causing the fight to be stopped.

The 6’7″ Fury’s finishing punch didn’t look that powerful, but he was dealing with a guy that had lost 14 out of his last 15 fights, so you’ve got to factor that into the equation.

As far as action goes, there really wasn’t any real action. It was just a lot of jabbing from the 18-year-old Fury. Whittom wasn’t throwing hardly any punches, and was just following Fury around the ring without doing anything. I mean, it was the perfect opponent to make Fury look good, but I didn’t see anything in Fury’s performance that suggests that he would hang with any of the top contenders now or in the future. The power just isn’t there, and all Fury seems capable of doing is jabbing, and his jab isn’t all that great.

Fury will be back in action on the Tyson Fury vs. Steve Cunningham undercard on April 20th in New York.

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#9 WBO light heavyweight contender Eleider Alvarez (12-0, 8 KO’s) totally dominated Nicholson Poulard (19-4-1, 9 KO’s) in stopping him in the 3rd round. Alvarez totally dominated the entire fight, and ended matters in the 3rd round by nailing Poulard with a hard right hand to the head and sending him down to the canvas. Poulard got back to his feet but the fight was halted anyway at 2:08 of the round by referee Marlon Wright.

I can’t see Alvarez beating the top guys at 175, but he’s good at beating guys like Poulard.

Other boxing results on the card:

Didier Bence UD 8 Jonte Willis
Sebastien Bouchard UD 4 Adam Grabiec
Mian Hussain KO2 Basilio Silva
Marc Pagcaliwangan RTD 1 Jose Adan Fernandez


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