Adonis Stevenson to fight Tommy Karpency on September 11
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (26-1-0, 21 KOs) will fight challenger Tommy Karpency (25-4-1, 14 KOs) on September 11 at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Canada.
“I’m excited to announce my next fight on September 11 in Toronto against Tommy Karpency,” said Stevenson. “I’m ready to put the hurt on. I work hard and stay focused.”
Stevenson, who won the belt when knocking out Chad Dawson in 76 seconds in June 2013, will be making his sixth title defence against American Karpency.
The Canadian puncher has turned down dangerous fights with Sergey Kovalev, Bernard Hopkins and Jean Pascal in the past year, and seems happy to extend his reign fighting lesser opposition.
Karpency has won his last four fights, but he has been beaten every time he fights top level opponents. He lost back-to-back fights in 2012, a one-sided decision to then WBO champion Nathan Cleverly, and then he was stopped in seven by Andrzej Fonfara, who lost on points to Stevenson in May 2014.
His only notable win is a split decision against the faded former champion Dawson in October.
“I beat the same guy Stevenson beat to become world champion,” said Karpency. “I beat (Dawson) just over a year after Stevenson beat him. After that win, I said that the sky was the limit and that I wanted the best in the world. The win proved that I belong amongst the elite at light heavyweight. Now it is my job to win this fight.”