The first fight between Stevenson and Fonfara was a competitive one that saw both men hit the canvas. The second fight could not have been more different. Fonfara looked beside himself as he was unable to stop Stevenson’s left hand from landing. Same punch from the same angle, all coming in rapid succession and it landed repeatedly. Virgil Hunter, who is Fonfara’s new trainer, stepped up on the ring apron and stopped the fight.
The choice by Fonfara to drop long time coach Sam Colonna for Hunter came as a shock to me. Colonna is one of the most well respected trainers in Chicago, where Fonfara currently resides. This fight proved that his knockout loss to Joe Smith Jr was not a fluke and that Fonfara’s inability to defend was his own, not Colonna’s training.
What is next for Stevenson? Personally, I’d like to see him take on Joe Smith Jr. Smith holds a faster knockout of Fonfara than Stevenson, he also was able to knockout Bernard Hopkins which Kovalev couldn’t achieve. So, I believe I speak for the boxing community when I say if Stevenson doesn’t face the winner of Andre Ward versus Sergey Kovalev, Joe Smith Jr, or his mandatory Eleider Alvarez, we are not interested.
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