Stevenson Destroys Fonfara

By Robert Ecksel on June 3, 2017
Stevenson Destroys Fonfara
Fonfara’s game plan, whatever it was, got punched right out of his head. (Sky Sports)

One can’t complain about Stevenson’s performance. He has to be one of the best one-handed fighters in boxing today…

Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in a fight televised live on Showtime Championship Boxing, WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs), the knockout artist from Blainville, Quebec, Canada, by way of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, successfully defended his title by stopping Andrzej Fonfara (29-5, 17 KOs), from Chicago, Illinois, by way of Warsaw, Poland, 28 seconds into round two in the second of their two fights.

Their first fight was competitive. The rematch was not.

Fighting out of the blue corner and wearing Kronk gold, Stevenson entered the ring wanting revenge. He landed a clubbing left hand halfway into the opening round that stunned the challenger. Stevenson was too fast, too strong, and already landing at will. A left to the temple dropped Fonfara as the round was drawing to a close. He was saved by the bell.

Fonfara, fighting out of the red corner in blue trunks with green trim, did no better in the second round than in the first. At the bell rang to start round two, Stevenson resumed landing straight lefts. Fonfara was done. His trainer Virgil Hunter climbed onto the ring apron and waved the fight off.

“There was no need to continue,” said Hunter after the bout. “He was hurt in the first round. He survived, but even when he came back to the corner he wasn’t all the way there. I told him in the second round, ‘Don’t even throw a punch. Just defend yourself until you get back.’ These things happen. I thought he was doing quite well until he fell in and got caught with a punch.”

To call the anticlimactic is an understatement. One can’t complain about Stevenson’s performance. He has to be one of the best one-handed fighters in boxing today. But Fonfara got whooped, plain and simple. Despite having a new trainer, a new attitude and bag of tracks, Fonfara’s game plan, whatever it might have been, got punched right out of his head. 

“He got me in the [first] round with a punch,” Fonfara said. “That changed everything. I tried to punch him with a right overhand, and he got me I think with his left hook. After that, I was not the same.”

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  1. Koolz 02:27pm, 06/04/2017

    I never liked Hunter’s attitude.

  2. Anonymous 01:16pm, 06/04/2017


  3. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 01:00pm, 06/04/2017

    Which reminds me….the bone structure in the pimp’s face is a thing to behold…..guaranteed no fragile orbital sockets there.

  4. Anonymous 12:26pm, 06/04/2017

    Koolz, Hunter sucks. Very overrated.

  5. Koolz 11:06am, 06/04/2017

    better video.
    I love these morons that actually record Firstrow Sports vids…

  6. Koolz 10:51am, 06/04/2017

    Great plan by Hunter telling Fonfara to just defend in the second….

  7. Alt Knight 09:31am, 06/04/2017

    Should have had a Stevenson vs Joe Smith Jr. on the same card as the Kovalev vs. Ward rematch, instead of this match. The winner of the Stevenson -Smith Jr. bout would then take on the winner of the Kovalev-Ward rematch.

  8. Anonymous 08:14am, 06/04/2017

    Pimp beats Pole = zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  9. Alt Knight 08:04am, 06/04/2017

    At least Fanfara can claim his home country of Poland isn’t as stupid as England. So much for all those Polish jokes.  Kudos to countries like Poland and Hungary!!

  10. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:48am, 06/04/2017

    Maybe not as chinny as Gasan Gasanov described in one report as “hard hitting but fragile” for Christ’s sake! He’s got 10 KOs in 12 wins with all 5 losses by KO!

  11. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:42am, 06/04/2017

    Asshat judge had it 114-114?! No excuse for that….he’s the one that needs an ass whoopin’! Alvarez has a nice snappy jab but otherwise no power….just how chinny is Bute?

  12. Irish Frankie Crawford Beat Saijo aka Gimpel 06:07am, 06/04/2017

    “Fonfara got whooped”.....right! a grandpap on a cane getting KO Gamed on his evening constitutional

  13. Alt Knight 05:56am, 06/04/2017

    Kovalev and Ward are both 30-somethings and Stevenson will soon be the big Four-O. Back in the golden age for light heavies (1975-1983), all those guys were in their 20’s. Galindez was 30 when he regained the title in 1979, but he was defeated a year later by Marvin Johnson. All those great 175lbers were in their 20’s. The idea of a 40-something fighter competing back then against those guys would have been a joke, unless that 40-something was named, Archie Moore. Even a young Moore would have had his hands full back then competing against guys like Conteh, Galindez, Saad, Spinks, Qawi, etc.

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