Adonis Stevenson is a powerful knockout artist who comes from a big Canadian city, drives a Rolls-Royce, was groomed by a legendary trainer and goes by the nickname “Superman.”
Tommy Karpency is a boxer-puncher who hails from a blue-collar Pennsylvania country town, drives a pickup truck, is trained by his father and operates under the moniker “Kryptonite.”
In other words, these 175-pounders who will square off Friday at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET/PT) are about as polar opposite as two fighters can possibly be. That contrast is explored in detail during Spike TV’s latest episode of Lights Out: The Road to Stevenson vs Karpency.
In addition to diving into the boxers’ dichotomous backstories, the episode reveals the origins of Adonis Stevenson’s nickname (hint: It stems from a prison fight), and takes viewers to Karpency’s most unusual training setup in his hometown of Adah, Pennsylvania.
The episode also features up-and-coming 147-pound contender Errol Spence Jr. as he trains in Dallas in advance of Friday’s clash with Chris van Heerden. Among those who sing the praises of Spence is a certain boxer who once hired the unbeaten southpaw as a sparring partner—a guy named Floyd Mayweather Jr.
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