2013 Surprising Boxing Performances Adonis Stevenson Vs Chad Dawson
Chad Dawson was returning from a brutal Round 10 TKO loss to Andre Ward when he faced Adonis Stevenson last June. But Dawson was still the reigning lineal champion at light heavyweight. The loss to Ward aside, some still viewed him as a pound-for-pound top-10 boxer.
Stevenson was known to have serious power, but he was also viewed as a limited boxer. He’d lost to Darnell Boone, a career journeyman whose record frequently dips below .500. Few picked Stevenson to beat an accomplished champion like Dawson.
But Stevenson shocked the boxing world by knocking Dawson out in Round 1. He made his first defense last month against former champion Tavoris Cloud and showed improved boxing en route to recording a one-sided Round 7 TKO.
Between Stevenson and Sergey Kovalev, the light heavyweight division is suddenly among the hottest weight classes in the sport, and that, in itself, is a surprise.