Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Adonis Stevenson Stops Tony Bellew to Retain WBC Light Heavyweight Title

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Adonis Stevenson Stops Tony Bellew to Retain WBC Light Heavyweight Title

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Adonis Stevenson retains WBC title

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QUEBEC - Adonis Stevenson retained his World Boxing Council light heavyweight title as he stopped Tony Bellew in the sixth round on Saturday night at the Pepsi Colisee.

Stevenson (23-1) knocked down Bellew (20-2-1) with a left uppercut. When the Englishman got up, he was stunned with another left followed by a flurry of shots. Bellew was not fighting back, even though he was still on his feet when referee Michael Griffin stopped the bout.

It was a second defence for the Montreal fighter since taking the belt with a spectacular first-round KO of Chad Dawson in June. He defended with a seven-round win in September over Tavoris Cloud.

Bellew looked to be backing up and avoiding big shots from the power-punching Stevenson in the early round, looking to catch his opponent off guard with sudden attacks. It looked to be working in the fourth, when Bellew had his best moments with some right hand shots over the top.

In the co-feature, Sergey Kovalev kept the World Boxing Organization light heavyweight title with a stunning knockout of Ismayl Sillakh only 52 seconds into the second round on Saturday night.

After an uneventful opening round, Kovalev dropped 15th-ranked Sillakh with a right early in the second.

The Russian was jumping up and down in his corner waiting to get back as the referee gave Sillakh (21-2) an eight-count, then ran up and floored him with another right that ended the bout.

The hard-hitting Kovalev (23-0-1), a Russian based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is often mentioned as a future opponent for Stevenson.

"I'm ready to fight any champion," Kovalev said after his first defence of the belt he won with a four round KO over Nathan Cleverly in August.

In his post-fight comments, Stevenson mentioned veteran Bernard Hopkins and English super-middleweight champion Carl Froch as opponents he'd like to face next.

There was a spectacular IBF welterweight elimination bout that saw Laval, Que., based Ionut (JoJo) Dan take a split decision over Quebec City favourite Kevin Bizier despite being deducted a point.

With the win, Dan takes over the No. 2 ranking and moves closer to a shot at the title currently held by Devon Alexander. …

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