Steveson knocks out Williams in four
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Thomas Williams (20-2, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Canada.
The Canadian ended the all-southpaw slugfest in spectacular fashion, laying out Williams with his signature left hand before referee Michael Griffin completed the 10-count.
Stevenson was landing hard shots from the start and dropped the American late in the first round with a straight left hand to the head.
But Williams was able to beat the count and landed some big shots of his own in the following rounds in good two-way action.
Both fighters traded toe-to-toe in the fourth before a vicious left to the head put Williams down for the count at 2:54 of the round.
"It was a firefight," said Stevenson. "He put pressure on me so I decided to put pressure on him too. It was a fight with two guys who could punch and it was spectacular. It was my daughter's birthday and I gave her a great gift."
Stevenson was making his seventh defence of the world title he took from American Chad Dawson by a first round knockout in June 2013.