Tommy Karpency nicknamed himself “Kryptonite” in the lead-up to his fight with Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, but it was Stevenson’s punches that proved to be truly radioactive in their brief, brutal clash.
It was like a Canada Day display with fists in places of fireworks on Friday at Toronto’s Ricoh Colisuem, as Adonis Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) blasted Tommy Karpency (25-5-1, 14 KOs) in explosive fashion en route to a third-round TKO win.
Stevenson’s power was evident early, as he buckled Karpency’s knees with a bruising left hand in Round 1.
Picking Karpency apart behind his jab, Stevenson landed another tooth-loosening left at the end of Round 2, wobbling Karpency behind a flurry of punches as he hit the deck as the bell rang.
Karpency was able to beat the count, barely, and retire to his corner to attempt to regain his composure.
But it was to no avail, as Stevenson scored another knockdown at the beginning of Round 3, which was enough for the referee to stop the fight.
Afterward, Stevenson said that Karpency’s come-forward approach played directly into his heavy hands.
“I knocked him out because he came to fight,” Stevenson noted. “I was very patient. I used my jab more.”
This was only Stevenson’s third fight outside the Canadian province of Quebec and his first in Toronto, where he’s hoping to build a bigger fan base for boxing.
“I didn’t want to disappoint my fans in Toronto,” Stevenson said. “I’m very happy to give them a good performance.”
Toronto’s a hockey mad city, but could there be more room for boxing? Especially considering that the Maple Leafs haven’t won a Stanley Cup in 48 years?
Sorry, sore subject—kind of like Karpency’s swollen face.
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