Stevenson stops Dawson
Adonis Stevenson stopped Chad Dawson with a single, swinging left-handed punch at 1 minute, 16 seconds of the first round in Montreal, Canada, on Saturday to capture Dawson’s World Boxing Council light heavyweight world title. Stevenson, a Haitian-born Canadian who at 35 has fought just 22 professional fights, underscored his reputation as a knockout artist as he improved to 21-1 with 19 wins inside the distance. “You understand why people don’t want to fight me now?” a beaming Stevenson asked as he clutched his championship belt. Stevenson had stepped up in weight to take the fight. His plan was to use his speed and, when he had a chance, unleash his powerful left. According to CompuBox statistics, the telling blow was the third he landed on the night. Dawson, who was trying to bounce back from a 10th-round loss to Andre Ward in a fight in which Dawson stepped down to super middleweight, instead suffered an even more embarrassing defeat, falling to 31-3. Dawson was leaning in and winding up to throw a right when southpaw Stevenson nailed him on the side of the head. When he rose, his eyes were glazed and his legs wobbly, and the referee called it off for the technical knockout. “It was a punch I didn’t see,” a dejected Dawson said. “He caught me and that was it.”
Marco Huck retains his belt
German cruiserweight Marco Huck retained his World Boxing Organization belt by defeating Britain’s Ola Afolabi by majority decision in Berlin on Saturday. The defending champion did not look overly troubled in the third bout between them, so there was some surprise at the Max-Schmeling-Halle when Lahcen Oumghar of the Netherlands scored it 114-114, but Deon Dwarte of South Africa and John Madfis of the US agreed Huck won, scoring it 115-113 and 117-111 respectively. “I think I surpassed myself today,” said Huck, who improved to 36-2-1 with 25 knockouts. “Today, I showed that I can box. Key to the success was my good preparation.” Afolabi said he agreed with the first judge’s call and Madfis’ score was ridiculous. He dropped to 19-3-4 with nine knockouts. Huck kept his belt after fighting Afolabi to a draw by majority decision in May last year, while he beat the Briton with a narrow unanimous decision in May 2009. “I leave the ring today without a bad conscience,” said Huck, who has made 11 successful defenses of the title he won from Victor Emilio Ramirez in 2009.
Sanchez defeats Sosa
Mexico’s Juan Carlos “Zurdito” Sanchez lost his International Boxing Federation super flyweight title on the scales, but he did not let Argentina’s Roberto Domingo Sosa win it in the ring in Las Vegas on Saturday. Sanchez earned a 12-round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Sosa, using his height and reach advantage to keep Sosa largely at bay, while landing his own punishing shots. Sanchez punctuated his victory with a knockdown in the 12th and was given the win by a margin of 117-110 from two ringside judges, with the third scoring it 116-111. Sanchez improved to 16-1-1 with eight knockouts, but he will not leave Las Vegas with the belt he took with him. He was stripped of the title on Saturday morning, a day after he failed to make the weight for the fight. Sanchez spent two hours trying to make the weight, but even on a third visit to the scales he was still over the super flyweight limit. The IBF declared the title vacant and had Sosa won he would have claimed it. Instead he suffered his first defeat, falling to 24-1.