Adonis Stevenson

Adonis Stevenson
Real name Stevenson Adonis
Nickname(s) Superman
Rated at
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Reach 77 in (196 cm)
Nationality Canadian
Born (1977-09-22) 22 September 1977
Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Stance Southpaw
Boxing record
Total fights 29
Wins 28
Wins by KO 23
Losses 1

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.

Stevenson's known name is an inversion of his family name and given name.[1][2][3]

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.[4]

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.

Professional career


Early career

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.[5][6] 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.[7][8] 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.[9]

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,[10] but Stevenson later injured his hand cancelling the fight.[11] The fight was then rescheduled to October 12.[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.[13]


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.[14]

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.[15]

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.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

Stevenson defended his belts against Russian contender Dmitry Sukhotsky (22-2, 16 KOs) in Quebec City, Quebec.[20]

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).[21]

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.

In November 2015, citing the fact that Stevenson hadn't faced a top-ranked opponent in the last two years, The Ring Magazine stripped Stevenson of his belt.[22]

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.[23] Williams weighed in the heaviest of the two at 174.6lbs with Stevenson in at 173.6lbs.[24] 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.[25]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
29 fights 28 wins 1 loss
By knockout 23 1
By decision 5 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
29 Win 28–1 United States Thomas Williams Jr. KO 4 (12), 2:54 29 Jul 2016 Canada Centre Vidéotron, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC and lineal light-heavyweight titles
28 Win 27–1 United States Tommy Karpency TKO 3 (12) 0:21 11 Sep 2015 Canada Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal light-heavyweight titles
27 Win 26–1 Cameroon Sakio Bika UD 12 4 Apr 2015 Canada Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal light-heavyweight titles
26 Win 25–1 Russia Dmitry Sukhotsky KO 5 (12) 2:42 19 Dec 2014 Canada Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal light-heavyweight titles
25 Win 24–1 Poland Andrzej Fonfara UD 12 24 May 2014 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal light-heavyweight titles
24 Win 23–1 United Kingdom Tony Bellew TKO 6 (12) 1:50 30 Nov 2013 Canada Colisée Pepsi, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal light-heavyweight titles
23 Win 22–1 United States Tavoris Cloud RTD 7 (12) 3:00 28 Sep 2013 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC, The Ring, and lineal light-heavyweight titles
22 Win 21–1 United States Chad Dawson TKO 1 (12) 1:16 8 Jun 2013 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won WBC, The Ring, and lineal light-heavyweight titles
21 Win 20–1 United States Darnell Boone KO 6 (10) 2:43 22 Mar 2013 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
20 Win 19–1 United States Don George TKO 12 (12) 0:55 12 Oct 2012 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
19 Win 18–1 Uruguay Noé González Alcoba TKO 2 (12) 1:50 20 Apr 2012 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won WBC Silver super-middleweight title
18 Win 17–1 United States Jesús González KO 1 (12) 1:39 18 Feb 2012 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental super-middleweight title
17 Win 16–1 United States Aaron Pryor Jr. TKO 9 (12) 0:43 10 Dec 2011 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBA–NABA super-middleweight title;
Won vacant WBONABO super-middleweight title
16 Win 15–1 United States Shujaa El-Amin TKO 1 (8) 1:57 17 Sep 2011 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US
15 Win 14–1 United States Derek Edwards KO 3 (10) 1:48 8 Apr 2011 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won WBANABA super-middleweight title
14 Loss 13–1 United States Darnell Boone TKO 2 (8) 0:17 16 Apr 2010 United States Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland, US
13 Win 13–0 The Bahamas Jermain Mackey TKO 5 (12) 0:20 25 Sep 2009 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant WBC International super-middleweight title
12 Win 12–0 United States Anthony Bonsante KO 1 (12) 0:46 1 Aug 2008 Canada Gare Windsor Salle des Pas Perdus, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Retained WBC Continental Americas super-middleweight title
11 Win 11–0 United States Dhafir Smith TKO 5 (12) 0:40 5 Apr 2008 Canada Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant WBC Continental Americas super-middleweight title
10 Win 10–0 Canada David Whittom UD 10 7 Dec 2007 Canada Centre Bell, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Won vacant Canada super-middleweight title
9 Win 9–0 United States Marlon Hayes UD 8 3 Aug 2007 Canada Centre Pierre Charbonneau, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
8 Win 8–0 Mexico Alvaro Enriquez KO 1 (6) 2:00 8 Jun 2007 Canada Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
7 Win 7–0 Barbados Marcus Thomas KO 1 (8) 1:23 12 May 2007 Canada Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
6 Win 6–0 United States Carl Cockerham UD 6 14 Apr 2007 Canada Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
5 Win 5–0 United States Etianne Whitaker TKO 1 (4) 1:47 10 Feb 2007 Canada Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Eduardo Calderon TKO 1 (6) 2:00 11 Dec 2006 Canada Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
3 Win 3–0 United States Bonnie Joe McGee TKO 2 (4) 1:08 18 Nov 2006 Canada Colisée, Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada
2 Win 2–0 Canada Ferenc Lankonde TKO 1 (4) 3:00 28 Oct 2006 Canada Casino du Lac-Leamy, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
1 Win 1–0 Canada Mike Funk TKO 1 (4) 0:22 30 Sep 2006 Canada Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Professional debut

Titles in boxing

Regional titles
Title last held by
Jean Pascal
Canada super-middleweight champion
7 December 2007 – June 2013
Title next held by
David Lemieux
Title last held by
Ricardo Mayorga
WBC Continental Americas super-middleweight champion
5 April 2008 – 25 September 2009
Won International title
Title next held by
Alfonso Lopez
Title last held by
Robert Stieglitz
WBC International super-middleweight champion
25 September 2009 – April 2010
Title next held by
Nikola Sjekloća
Title last held by
Kingsley Ikeke
WBANABA super-middleweight champion
8 April 2011 – February 2012
Title last held by
Renan St-Juste
WBONABO super-middleweight champion
10 December 2011 – February 2012
Title next held by
Gilberto Ramírez
Title last held by
Michael Henrotin
IBF Inter-Continental super-middleweight champion
18 February 2012 – April 2012
Title next held by
Ünsal Arik
Preceded by
Noe Gonzalez Alcoba
WBC Silver super-middleweight champion
20 April 2012 – October 2012
Title next held by
James DeGale
World titles
Preceded by
Chad Dawson
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

Personal life

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.[26] Stevenson served four years in prison for these crimes and crimes that took place while in prison, and was released in 2001.[27]

See also


  1. "Adonis Stevenson: La vraie histoire de Superman (La Presse)". La Presse. 25 November 2013.
  2. "Adonis Stevenson n'est pas une victime (Radio-Canada)". Radio-Canada. 2 December 2013.
  3. "Stevenson: de l'ombre à la lumière (Le Nouvelliste (Haiti))". Le Nouvelliste (Haiti). 13 December 2013.
  4. Boxer Adonis Stevenson fighting his past by Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun
  5. Henderson, Jr., Benny (2008-08-02). "Bonsante tells the Doghouse, I was down but not out!". Doghouse Boxing. Retrieved 2008-08-02.
  6. Spencer, Dave (2008-08-01). "Miranda shocks Demers!". Archived from the original on 5 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-02.
  7. TVASports February 18, 2012 (French)
  8. TVASports February 21, 2012 (French)
  9. "Boxing: Canada's Stevenson overpowers Gonzalez". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. 2012-04-21. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  10. "Adonis Stevenson fights Don George in IBF 168 lb eliminator on August 17th". East Side Boxing. Retrieved 2013-06-14.
  11. "Adonis Stevenson injures hand, Friday's fight with Don George off". 2012-08-13. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
  12. "Adonis Stevenson vs Don George Set For October 12". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
  13. "Canada's Stevenson stops George in 12th round to win wild IBF eliminator". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. 2012-10-13.
  14. "Adonis Stevenson vs. Darnell Boone (2nd meeting) - BoxRec". Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  15. "Chad Dawson vs. Adonis Stevenson - BoxRec". Retrieved 2016-05-23.
  16. "WBC gives permission for Adonis Stevenson v. Tavoris Cloud fight to go ahead". 2013-07-10. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
  17. Rafael, Dan. "Stevenson-Cloud deal is near — Dan Rafael Blog — ESPN". Retrieved 2014-05-04.
  18. "Nielsen Ratings: 1.3 million tune into Stevenson/Kovalev twinbill on HBO during Thanksgiving Weekend.". Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  19. "Adonis Stevenson vs. Andrzej Fonfara - BoxRec". Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  20. "Stevenson vs. Sukhotsky". Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  21. "Adonis Stevenson outpoints Sakio Bika to retain light heavyweight crown". ESPN.
  22. Stumberg, Patrick L. (2015-11-24). "Adonis Stevenson and Yoan Pablo Hernandez stripped of RING titles". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved 2016-07-29.
  23. "Adonis Stevenson announces he will fight Thomas Williams July 16 - Ring TV". Ring TV. 2016-05-31. Retrieved 2016-06-10.
  24. "Official Weigh-ins". Sky Sports. July 29, 2016. Retrieved July 29, 2016.
  25. "Stevenson stops Williams in 7th straight defense". Retrieved 2016-07-30.
  26. Boxing, Phil. "Boxer Adonis Stevenson admits criminal past after years of suspicion". The Philippine boxing Journal. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  27. 2013 Fighter of the Year: Adonis Stevenson – MMA – Chris Mannix. (2013-12-18)

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Preceded by
Juan Manuel Márquez
The Ring Fighter of the Year
Succeeded by
Sergey Kovalev
Preceded by
Juan Manuel Márquez
KO6 Manny Pacquiao
The Ring Knockout of the Year
TKO1 Chad Dawson

Succeeded by
Carl Froch
KO8 George Groves
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