Adonis Stevenson stops Thomas Williams Jr. in dramatic fashion.
By Joseph Correa
Quebec City, Quebec- WBC light heavyweight world champion Adonis Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOS) retains his title via crushing knockout victory over challenger Thomas Williams Jr. 20-2, 14 KOS) in the fourth round of their highly competitive bout.
The fight started out with both men sizing one another up and looking to establish themselves. Stevenson looked to establish his range with his jab, and Williams looked to close the distance and get inside. Late in round 1 Williams was dropped by a big left hand which hurt him and had him on unsteady legs as the round came to a close.
In round 2 Williams came out aggressive and started landing shots in combination effectively backing up Stevenson and making him uncomfortable. Williams held his guard high throughout most of the round and showed a willingness to trade on the inside with Stevenson. Towards the end of the round, he hurt Stevenson with a big shot.
The third round saw great action once again as the two men traded big punches. Williams was able to back Stevenson up once again and kept the champion fighting off of his back foot which seemed to trouble Stevenson. The Champion landed a flush uppercut on the inside which staggered Williams but he was able to recover and land some big shots of his own.
The fourth round Williams suffered a cut underneath his left eye and he was experiencing some swelling on the same eye from what looked to be a headbutt from the previous round. The two men came out strong and started to trade punches and in the exchange Stevenson was able to land a perfect, short left hand which dropped and left Williams unable to beat the count.
Feature Photo:OLIVIER PONTBRIAND, LA PRESSE