The last time we saw Adonis Stevenson, he was leaping tall fighters in a single round and acting like he wore a cape.
“Superman” is back.
In front of HBO cameras (and super-midddleweight boss/ consensus world #2 Andre Ward) Stevenson made more than a statement in destroying Chad Dawson during the early summer. He emerged as a star.
Having followed up Ward’s calculating burial of Dawson with a cremation, the stage appeared to be set for a huge bout between the two, which would’ve occurred this weekend. But things don’t always go as planned. Stevenson and his camp were pressing Ward for a two-fight deal, staging the 1st in Oakland (Ward’s hometown) at 168lbs and then the 2nd in Montreal at 175lbs.
Ward was like, “no”.
In reality, he should’ve bitten from the apple of Mayweather and learned from him. Floyd dissed Ward’s irrelevance despite his Olympic and professional achievement- and he’s been right.
Andre should’ve just gotten a deal done, at 175lbs that calls for him to walk into his rivals’ territory and conquer ala Floyd. It would’ve come two weeks after Showtime’s blockbuster affair on September 14th, and provided an opportunity to shine by beating Stevenson on that gaudy red Montreal canvas and boosted his pedigree.
Ward was like, “no”.
Instead, he’s been seen on every milk carton across America, while Stevenson (21-1, 18KO’s) and his people settled on the strong and dangerous former IBF light heavyweight champ, Tavoris Cloud.
Not that he’s gonna pimp and assault Cloud either (two things he actually did time for), because Cloud (24-1, 19KO’s) is a big hitter himself and has never been knocked down. All of which suits HBO just fine, because they get a competitve action fight in their return to action (also Chavez Jr. returns against Brian Vera) in what will shape up to be a fall season of dominance.
But can "Superman" survive the thunder and lightening sure to come from a dark Cloud?
Stevenson vs. Cloud
For all of the fervor caused by his dramatic 1st round obliteration of Chad Dawson, there are those within boxing circles who still minimize Stevenson and its significance. The theory goes, Dawson had the life beat out of him by Ward, and was a shot fighter. I'm not totally buying that. But I am acknowledging that while at a relatively spry 36, "Superman", had better hurry up and take down any other "Bad" guy he can before he starts huffing n puffing while flying through the air. He's still not all the way defined technically, and may never be, but his one-punch ability nullifies that.
Cloud really isn't that difficult to forecast. It's not like he isn't good - he is - he just doesn't have much dimension, or use the geometry of the ring very well. Hopkins (who vanquished him in March), a mathematical mastermind in there, was able to divide him into fractions because of this. Stevenson does not possess the array of skills or the savvy of the Philadelphia legend, but he's not as crude as he used to be, and Cloud's rain of bullets should bounce off his chest. He'll look for Kryptonite often- but he won't find it.
And since we're talking one superhero- we might as well make it two; that said, look for Superman to drown Aquaman (or Cloud) in about 9 action-packed rounds.