After suffering a late technical knockout loss to Andre Ward at Super Middleweight in Sept. 2012, Chad Dawson returned to the Light Heavyweight division last night (Sat., June 8, 2013) to defend his 175-pound WBC and "The Ring" boxing titles against the hard-hitting Adonis Stevenson.
Prior to the showdown, which took place at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Dawson called Stevenson just a "tune up" despite his impressive professional record and proven ability to finish fights.
Talk about an epic underestimation.
Stevenson landed an crushing left hand little more than one minute into the 12-round championship clash, sending Dawson spiraling to the canvas in an absolute fog. Dawson was able to beat the count, but his legs were spaghetti as he attempted to convince the referee that he was able to continue. He clearly wasn't, forcing the referee to stop the contest and sending Stevenson, a Canadian, into total unbridled enthusiasm.
With the shocking stoppage, Stevenson, according to ESPN Stats & Information, "joined four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. as the only fighters to win the light heavyweight title with a first-round knockout (Montell Griffin in Aug. 1997)."
Impressive victory ... and company.