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Adonis Stevenson stops Dmitry Sukhotsky in the fifth round


Adonis Stevenson stopped Dmitry Sukhotsky at 2:42 of the fifth round to retain his RING and WBC light heavyweight titles Saturday in Quebec City, Canada.

Stevenson (25-1, 20 knockouts) put Sukhotsky down four times, once in the second and three times in the fifth. In the middle of the final round, Stevenson put his Russian opponent down and hurt him with a straight left. That was the beginning of the end. Sukhotsky went down again, got up and seemed to recover to some degree but then took another vicious straight left that ended the fight.

Stevenson fought patiently in the early rounds, firing his right jab and trying to time his power punches as Sukhotsky fought from a defensive posture and threw few punches. The Haitian-Canadian found his target more and more as the fight went on before landed the big left that led to Sukhotsky’s demise.

Stevenson was coming off a surprisingly tough unanimous-decision victory over Andrzej Fonfara in May, Stevenson’s only other fight in 2014.

In preliminary bouts, former super middleweight titleholder Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) defeated Derek Edwards (27-4-1, 14 KOs) by a one-sided decsion in a 12-round super middlweight bout. Dirrell hopes to land a rematch with Carl Froch, who defeated Dirrell by a disputed split decision in 2009.

And, in a rematch, Jo Jo Dan (34-2, 18 KOs) defeated Dan Bizier (23-2, 16 KOs) by a split decision in an entertaining fight to become the mandatory challenger to Kell Brook’s IBF welterweight title. The scores were 115-112 and 114-113 for Dan, 114-113 for Bizier. Dan also beat his fellow Canadian by a split decision in November 2013.