Saturday, June 8, 2013

Chad Dawson vs Adonis Stevenson

Chad Dawson vs. Adonis Stevenson, 12 rounds, light heavyweight
Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Darley Perez, 12 rounds, lightweight
David Lemieux vs. Robert Swierzbinski, 8 rounds, middleweight
Jose Pedraza vs. Sergio Villanueva, 10 rounds, junior lightweight
Artur Belerbie vs. Christian Cruz, 4 rounds, cruiserweight
Eleider Alvarez vs. Allan Green, 10 rounds, light heavyweight
Didier Bence vs. Eric Barrak, 8 rounds, heavyweight
Sebastien Bouchard vs. Francesco Cotroni, 4 rounds, welterweight

On Saturday, June 8, in Montreal, Canada, light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson returns to action for the first time since losing by TKO to Andre Ward last September when he faces hometown sensation Adonis Stevenson. This fight is for the WBC belt and will be broadcast live on HBO, with a co-main event feature of Yuriorkis Gamboa and Darley Perez.

Dawson has been at the top of the 175-pound heap for most of the past six years since he beat Tomasz Adamek by wide margins in February of 2007, handing the future heavyweight contender the first loss of his career. Stevenson is one of the most exciting punchers in the sport. 

At 30, Dawson is five years younger than Stevenson but a far more experienced fighter. He will also enjoy significant advantages in height and reach.

Stevenson is yet another highly ranked light heavyweight based out of Quebec. He will be the third one Dawson has faced in as many years. In 2010 in Quebec, Dawson received his first career loss against Jean Pascal. He beat Adrian Diaconu there in 2011.

The single statistical edge for Stevenson is in the knockout department, where he has recorded as many as Dawson, in only two-thirds as many fights. 

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