November 29th, 2013 By John Signorella


HBO Boxing

HBO Boxing

New York, NY- Season’s beatings fight fans! We have an intriguing light heavyweight (175) scrap on tap tomorrow night featuring hard hitting human wrecking ball WBC kingpin Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KOs) in defense of his trophy against rugged one time title challenger Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KOs) in a scheduled 12 or less rounds of pound contest. Live coverage from the Colisee de Quebec in Quebec, Canada begins at 10:15 PM ET on HBO.


Since his lone loss to Darnell Boone (L TKO 2), frantically passionate carnage infested menacing pug Adonis Stevenson has knocked out 9 of his last 10 opponents. Among the resume of the fallen victims he has strafed include a return knockout win over Darnell Boone (W KO 6) and more notably; stoppage wins against seasoned former champions Chad Dawson (W KO 1) and Tavoris Cloud (W TKO 7). Even more impressive; the aforementioned three beaten down pugs in Stevenson’s path of destruction have all been conquered within this year. Simply put, Stevenson busted out on the scene in emphatic fashion in 2013.


In a closely contested failed bid at the title, Tony Bellew’s biggest claim to fame is showing that he’s got some intestinal fortitude by going 12 hard rounds against a former WBO light heavyweight belt holder and tough customer Nathan Cleverly (L MD 12). Other then that, Tony’s faired well against descent opposition (albeit mostly on his home turf in the United Kingdom) ,none the less; this guy has a solid chin and proven grit.

SIG’S PICK: Stevenson is a force to be reckoned with. However, I’m expecting a solid “over achieving underdog” type effort from Tony, but can’t see the lad (Tony) lasting more then a few frames. I got Adonis under 5 winning via a brutal KO.


Light heavyweight knockout artists are set to collide on the under card when recently crowned WBO strap carrier Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs) faces off against savage action brawler Ismayl Sillakh (21-1, 17 KOs) in a scheduled 12 rounds of thrown down for the crown.

SIG’S PICK: Don’t blink. These guys are fighting for notoriety in what has quickly become a talent rich division. The winner of this fight can get a big money fight against the ageless living legend Bernard Hopkins or the winner of Stevenson/Bellew. I’m favoring Sergey in a fiercely contested battle of attrition, but not by much.

John Signorella





  1. Definitely a quality night of boxing. For me, Sillakh is clearly more of a boxer than Kovalev. Doesn’t mean Kovalev isn’t a boxer too.
    As you know, Sillakh’s only loss was to a Russian, like Kovalev, although Grachev is less talented than Sergey K. This this will definitely be interesting. If Sillakh doesn’t make the same mistakes he made against Grachev, my money’s on him, but Kovalev has certainly earned top billing in this one.
    Stevenson vs. Bellew, agree that Superman will win. Stevenson can box too. Great to see how both of these guys have improved over the years. Won’t complain if the Bomber upsets Adonis, but just don’t see it happening.

    Cheesey1 on November 29th, 2013 at 7:38 AM
  2. Sillakh has a glass jaw and his trainer Shadeed Saluki knows it. He will not be able to hold Kovalev off who mixes his punches well so that he should get to Ismail without much of a hitch to end matters before 6 complete. As for Bellew I know as much about him as the man who by all accounts was taking Froch apart so that I have no idea what will happen when in against Stevenson. A good reason to watch the fight at least from my perspective.

    Nick Bellafatto on November 29th, 2013 at 1:45 PM
  3. Bellew is tough but slow and lacks boxing ability,Stevenson should handle him easily.Siilakh has a shot. Why?because he can punch. I agree Nick…he has a weak chin, so if he can get to Kovalev first he has a chance. We know nothing of his ability to take a shot.

    KP on November 30th, 2013 at 10:20 AM
  4. Good point KP, nice to see what kind of chin Kovalev has, as a precursor to a Stevenson bout. Sillakh, if he gets a chance to land, has the kind of power to chech his jaw.

    Richard on November 30th, 2013 at 7:42 PM

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