|Real name||Stevenson Adonis|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Reach||77 in (196 cm)|
22 September 1977|
|Wins by KO||23|
Stevenson Adonis (born 22 September 1977), best known as Adonis Stevenson, is a Haitian Canadian professional boxer. He has held the WBC and lineal light-heavyweight titles since 2013, having previously held the Ring magazine light-heavyweight title from 2013 to 2015. Stevenson was one of the last fighters trained by Emanuel Steward before his death.
Early life and amateur career
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Stevenson moved to Montreal, Quebec with his family when he was seven. By 14 years old, he was living on the streets and soon fell into a violent gang which drew him into a criminal lifestyle. In his early twenties, after a criminal trial in 1998 in Quebec, Stevenson served 18 months of a four-year prison sentence for managing prostitutes, assault, and issuing threats. While in prison, he also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault after putting a fellow inmate into a coma. After leaving prison in 2001, Stevenson vowed he would never return.
Stevenson became Quebec Middleweight champion in 2004, and best amateur fighter of the country in 2005–2006. He also grabbed the Canada national title in 2005 and 2006. Stevenson competed in the XVIII Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia in 2006 and won the silver medal losing to local Australian Jarrod Fletcher in the final. It was also the only medal a Canadian boxer received at the games.
He holds a record of 33–5 in amateur contests.
A 29-year-old Stevenson turned professional in September 2006. His opponent was Mike Funk, another boxer making his debut, at the Montreal Casino in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Stevenson knocked Funk out with a hook in twenty-two seconds.
On August 1, 2009, at Windsor Station in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Stevenson defeated Anthony Bonsante by first round knockout. The two fighters came out of their corners for the fight with Bonsante launching the first attack, but just moments after the assault, Stevenson landed a left hand that sent Bonsante down to the canvas. Bonsante sprawled out on the canvas with his eyes closed, while the referee reached the count of six before stopping the fight. Bonsante had begun to get up at the count of six, but it was too late, leaving Bonsante livid with the decision as he chased the referee around the ring in an attempt to protest the decision, but to little avail. He also won a fifth-round TKO decision against Jermain Mackey on September 25, 2009.
Stevenson vs. Boone
On April 17, 2010, in his first fight in the United States, which also was his first time fighting for promoter Lou DiBella, he suffered his first defeat being stopped in the second round by Darnell Boone. Boone had been knocked down on the canvas twice in the first round, however, in the second round, Stevenson rushed to Boone without maintaining his defense and he got caught by a solid right sending him on the canvas for the first time in his career. Stevenson managed to get back on his feet inside the count of 10, however, the referee waved the fight off as he deemed Stevenson unable to continue.
Nonetheless, Stevenson resumed with GYM Promotions and won the North American title NABA on April 8, 2011 at the expense of Derek Edwards by KO in the third round. He then won by referee stoppage in the first round against Dion Savage (Shujaa El-Amin) on September 17, 2011, and retained his title against Aaron Pryor Jr on December 10, 2011 by referee stoppage in the ninth round. Stevenson jumped from 15th to 2nd position for the IBF title, winning by KO in the first round duel against Jesús González on February 18, 2012. He then fought Noe Gonzalez on April 20, 2012 and won the fight at 1:40 in the second round when the referee stopped the fight.
His next fight originally set to be against Don George with the winner getting a shot at the IBF champion. The fight was originally scheduled to be a co/main event of a fight card also including a match between Jean Pascal and Tavoris Cloud on August 11, 2012 but the even was cancelled due to an injury suffered by Pascal. The Stevenson fight was then moved up to August 17, 2012 and was set to be part of ESPN Friday Night Fights, but Stevenson later injured his hand cancelling the fight. The fight was then rescheduled to October 12. In the fight Stevenson knocked George down twice in the fifth and once in the sixth round before winning the fight with a 12th-round TKO after knocking him down twice more.
Stevenson vs. Boone II
Stevenson avenged his only loss, knocking out Darnell Boone with a pair of lefts in the sixth round in March 22, 2013 at the Bell Centre. The left-hander, fighting at 171.9 pounds, forced Boone to take a knee with a right hook to the body early in the sixth, then stunned him coming out of a corner with a left uppercut, followed with a straight left that sent Boone on the canvas.
Stevenson vs. Dawson
Stevenson moved up to light heavyweight to face Lineal/WBC/The Ring champion Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KOs) on June 8, 2013. Stevenson hit Dawson with a left hook that dropped him very early in the first round of the fight, and although Dawson got up before the count of eight the referee stopped the fight giving Stevenson an unexpected knockout victory. Stevenson's victory was his eighth straight since his only career defeat, all coming by knockout. At 174 1/4 lbs., Stevenson was fighting at the heaviest weight of his professional career to date. The knockout was voted as Ring Magazine Knockout of the Year for 2013.
Stevenson vs. Cloud
The WBC originally ordered Stevenson to face mandatory challenger Tony Bellew, but then allowed him to make a voluntary defense first against Tavoris Cloud, where the winner of the fight must face Bellew at a later date.
On September 28, Stevenson fought Tavoris Cloud (24-1, 19 KOs) and dominated the precedings, flustering Cloud with quick hands and shocking power. The result ended when Cloud failed to answer the bell for the start of the eighth round.
Stevenson vs. Bellew
On November 30, 2013, Stevenson defended his light heavyweight title against Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KOs) at the Colisée Pepsi. According to Nielsen Media Research firm, the Stevenson-Bellew fight attracted an average of 1.3 million viewers on the HBO network, making it the 5th most watched bout of 2013.
Stevenson vs. Fonfara, Sukhotsky
Stevenson defended his lineal/WBC/The Ring titles against 26 year old Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs) on May 24, 2014, in Montreal, Quebec. Stevenson started off very well, dropping his opponent twice with sharp lefts and appeared close to stopping his opponent. Fonfara however, recovered very well, even dropping Stevenson in the ninth round. Stevenson similarly recovered quickly.
Stevenson vs. Bika, Karpency
Stevenson faced 35 year old contender Sakio Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) on April 4, 2015. The judges scored the fight (115–11, 116–110, 115–110).
Stevenson later faced Tommy Karpency (25-4-1, 14 KOs) on September 11, 2015. Karpency, previously coming off the biggest win of his career, a split decision win against former light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson, the man who Stevenson beat to win the light heavyweight championship. Karpency was thought to be a stepping stone for Adonis, and he was. After barely escaping round 2, Karpency got knocked down at the beginning of round 3. He immediately knocked Karpency down after he got up, and the referee called a halt to the bout, awarding Adonis a TKO victory in round 3.
Stevenson vs. Williams Jr.
On May 31, 2016, it was announced that Stevenson would defend his WBC and Lineal titles against 28 year old southpaw Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) on July 16 in Quebec headlining a Premier Boxing Champions card. This was Stevenson's seventh defense of his WBC and Lineal light heavyweight titles. Williams weighed in the heaviest of the two at 174.6lbs with Stevenson in at 173.6lbs. In a brief slugfest, Stevenson knocked out Williams in round 4 to retain his titles in his seventh successful defense. Stevenson connected with a hard left to Williams' head in round one that floored him with approximately 30 seconds left, however Williams beat the referees count.
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|29 fights||28 wins||1 loss|
|29||Win||28–1||Thomas Williams Jr.||KO||4 (12), 2:54||29 Jul 2016||Centre Vidéotron, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada||Retained WBC and lineal light-heavyweight titles|
|28||Win||27–1||Tommy Karpency||TKO||3 (12) 0:21||11 Sep 2015||Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada||Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal light-heavyweight titles|
|27||Win||26–1||Sakio Bika||UD||12||4 Apr 2015||Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada||Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal light-heavyweight titles|
|26||Win||25–1||Dmitry Sukhotsky||KO||5 (12) 2:42||19 Dec 2014||Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada||Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal light-heavyweight titles|
|25||Win||24–1||Andrzej Fonfara||UD||12||24 May 2014||Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal light-heavyweight titles|
|24||Win||23–1||Tony Bellew||TKO||6 (12) 1:50||30 Nov 2013||Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada||Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal light-heavyweight titles|
|23||Win||22–1||Tavoris Cloud||RTD||7 (12) 3:00||28 Sep 2013||Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal light-heavyweight titles|
|22||Win||21–1||Chad Dawson||TKO||1 (12) 1:16||8 Jun 2013||Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Won WBC, The Ring, and lineal light-heavyweight titles|
|21||Win||20–1||Darnell Boone||KO||6 (10) 2:43||22 Mar 2013||Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|20||Win||19–1||Don George||TKO||12 (12) 0:55||12 Oct 2012||Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|19||Win||18–1||Noé González Alcoba||TKO||2 (12) 1:50||20 Apr 2012||Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Won WBC Silver super-middleweight title|
|18||Win||17–1||Jesús González||KO||1 (12) 1:39||18 Feb 2012||Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental super-middleweight title|
|17||Win||16–1||Aaron Pryor Jr.||TKO||9 (12) 0:43||10 Dec 2011||Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Retained WBA–NABA super-middleweight title;|
Won vacant WBO–NABO super-middleweight title
|16||Win||15–1||Shujaa El-Amin||TKO||1 (8) 1:57||17 Sep 2011||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|15||Win||14–1||Derek Edwards||KO||3 (10) 1:48||8 Apr 2011||Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Won WBA–NABA super-middleweight title|
|14||Loss||13–1||Darnell Boone||TKO||2 (8) 0:17||16 Apr 2010||Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland, US|
|13||Win||13–0||Jermain Mackey||TKO||5 (12) 0:20||25 Sep 2009||Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Won vacant WBC International super-middleweight title|
|12||Win||12–0||Anthony Bonsante||KO||1 (12) 0:46||1 Aug 2008||Gare Windsor Salle des Pas Perdus, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Retained WBC Continental Americas super-middleweight title|
|11||Win||11–0||Dhafir Smith||TKO||5 (12) 0:40||5 Apr 2008||Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Won vacant WBC Continental Americas super-middleweight title|
|10||Win||10–0||David Whittom||UD||10||7 Dec 2007||Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Won vacant Canada super-middleweight title|
|9||Win||9–0||Marlon Hayes||UD||8||3 Aug 2007||Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|8||Win||8–0||Alvaro Enriquez||KO||1 (6) 2:00||8 Jun 2007||Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|7||Win||7–0||Marcus Thomas||KO||1 (8) 1:23||12 May 2007||Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|6||Win||6–0||Carl Cockerham||UD||6||14 Apr 2007||Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|5||Win||5–0||Etianne Whitaker||TKO||1 (4) 1:47||10 Feb 2007||Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|4||Win||4–0||Eduardo Calderon||TKO||1 (6) 2:00||11 Dec 2006||Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|3||Win||3–0||Bonnie Joe McGee||TKO||2 (4) 1:08||18 Nov 2006||Colisée, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada|
|2||Win||2–0||Ferenc Lankonde||TKO||1 (4) 3:00||28 Oct 2006||Casino du Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada|
|1||Win||1–0||Mike Funk||TKO||1 (4) 0:22||30 Sep 2006||Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada||Professional debut|
Titles in boxing
Title last held byJean Pascal
|Canada super-middleweight champion
7 December 2007 – June 2013
Title next held byDavid Lemieux
Title last held byRicardo Mayorga
|WBC Continental Americas super-middleweight champion
5 April 2008 – 25 September 2009
Won International title
Title next held byAlfonso Lopez
Title last held byRobert Stieglitz
|WBC International super-middleweight champion
25 September 2009 – April 2010
Title next held byNikola Sjekloća
Title last held byKingsley Ikeke
|WBA–NABA super-middleweight champion
8 April 2011 – February 2012
Title last held byRenan St-Juste
|WBO–NABO super-middleweight champion
10 December 2011 – February 2012
Title next held byGilberto Ramírez
Title last held byMichael Henrotin
|IBF Inter-Continental super-middleweight champion
18 February 2012 – April 2012
Title next held byÜnsal Arik
Noe Gonzalez Alcoba
|WBC Silver super-middleweight champion
20 April 2012 – October 2012
Title next held byJames DeGale
|WBC light-heavyweight champion
June 8, 2013 – present
|The Ring light-heavyweight champion
June 8, 2013 – November 23, 2015
|Lineal light-heavyweight champion
June 8, 2013 – present
In 2012, in response to questioning at a press conference before a fight, Stevenson admitted to serving jail time in Bordeaux, Quebec on charges of managing prostitutes, assault, and making threats. Stevenson served four years in prison for these crimes and crimes that took place while in prison, and was released in 2001.
- List of lineal boxing world champions
- List of light heavyweight boxing champions
- List of WBC world champions
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- SI.com 2013 Fighter of the Year: Adonis Stevenson – MMA – Chris Mannix. sportsillustrated.cnn.com (2013-12-18)
Juan Manuel Márquez
|The Ring Fighter of the Year
| Succeeded by|
Juan Manuel Márquez
KO6 Manny Pacquiao
|The Ring Knockout of the Year
TKO1 Chad Dawson
| Succeeded by|
KO8 George Groves