Well it looks like Adonis Stevenson will cruise to yet another easy victory o September 11th.  “Superman” has pretty much been hand picking his opponents for the last year and a half, and the big elephant in the room (Sergey Kovalev), seems like its never going to take place.  The last fight that Stevenson had that was actually worth watching, was against Andrzej Fonfara back in May of 2014, when Fonfara actually almost knocked Stevenson out in the 9th round.  Since then, Stevenson has done everything possible to get easy fights that he knows he will win.  He fought Dimitry Sukhotsky in December of 2014, and knocked him out in the 5th round.  Then he fought Sakio Bika, who is way past his prime, and was never an elite fighter anyway.  Stevenson cruised to a unanimous decision victory, just like everyone thought he would.  Adonis currently holds the WBC Light Heaveyweight title, and is also the Lineal Champ of the division, and he will now take a voluntary title defense.  Granted, if it is voluntary, he can technically choose whoever he wants to fight.  But there are so many better options available.

Its been a while since Adinis Stevenson has given the fans what they want to see. So Adonis Stevenson chooses Tommy Karpency (25-4-1, 14 KO’s), who is ranked #9 by the WBC for his voluntary title defense.  The fact of the matter is that Adonis is coasting to easy victories time in and time out, and technically nothing can be done about it because Karpency is rated in the top 10 by the WBC.  Is this right for the fans though?  A lineal champion that refuses to face the best in the division?  Lineal meaning he is recognized officially as the best that the division he is in has to offer.  He is “the man to beat”.  But who can beat him if he won’t fight?

Fans want Adonis to fight Sergey Kovalev obviously.  Kovalev is unofficially and widely recognized as the best fighter by far in the Light Heavyweight division.  He pretty much holds all the other championships and a unification with Stevenson would be the ideal situation.  There are plenty of other names in this talent rich weight class as well that Stevenson could have chosen for his title defense.  Names like Artur Beterbiev, Bernanrd Hopkins, Elieder Alvarez, or even a rematch with Fonfara which would be a great matchup.  Stevenson just doesn’t seem interested in pleasing anyone but himself.

Karpency has the opportunity of a lifetime here, and he better take advantage of it.  Its not often that a Lineal champion pulls your name out of a hat and gives you an opportunity to become the man.  Karpency has racked up 25 wins over his professional career, but the opposition has been mediocre at best.  Karpency did defeat Chad Dawson in 2014 in a split decision victory over 10 rounds, but Dawson at that point was just a shell of his former self.  It will be interesting to see if he can somehow pull this one out against Stevenson, but fight fans, don’t hold your breath.

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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