More than any other thing, we can conveniently say that what defines the legacy of the celebrated boxer Adonis Stevenson is his rise from prison to stardom. Adonis is a professional Canadian boxer who hails from Haiti. The renowned fighter happens to be one of the last boxers trained by the legendary boxer, Emanuel Steward.
Stevenson is well known for his exceptional punching prowess and amazing hand speed on the ring. He has made a name in the boxing field through his very impressive skills. His rise from grass to grace has earned him the attention of numerous fans, raising the curiosity of many who wish to know more about him. Let’s get that settled here…
Bio – Who Is Adonis Stevenson?
The Canadian boxing champion was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on the 22nd of September 1977. Although very little is known about his family background, it is on record that he inverted his given name and his family name to arrive at his present name. At the tender age of seven, young Adonis relocated to Quebec with his family and by the time he was 14, he was already a street urchin and before long, he joined a violent gang and embraced a criminal lifestyle.
He served 18 months out of a four-year prison sentence when he was found guilty of assault, issuing threats, and managing prostitutes after a criminal trial in 1988. During his time in custody, he knocked out a fellow inmate who fell into a coma and after he left prison in 2001, Adonis took a vow never to return.
Barely four years after his life in prison, Adonis Stevenson started making headway in boxing. As an amateur boxer, he left an amazing record, gathering several titles and accolades which include: 2004 Middleweight, 2005 and 2006 Canadian national title, and the silver medal at the XVIII Commonwealth Games which took place in Australia.
Pro Boxing Career
Adonis became a professional boxer in September 2006. He soon earned “Superman” as a nickname owing to his exceptional left-handed punching power. His astounding exploits in the ring immediately equaled the accounts of his youthful escapades as he became a notorious boxer.
A delve into the boxer’s record will reveal that despite his late start (he started his boxing profession at 28), he has gone ahead to achieve exceptional feats in boxing. Adonis holds a rare statistic of 26-1 with 21 knockouts that thrilled the boxing community a great deal.
In his esteemed career, the famous boxer has defeated boxing champions like Andrzej Fonfara, Sakio Bika, and Tony Bellew. Since 2013, Adonis has held the WBC and lineal light-heavyweight titles. In addition to that, he held the Ring magazine light-heavyweight title from 2013 through to 2015.
As mentioned earlier, at the end of his prison term, Adonis Stevenson took a vow never to return to jail. This was the sole reason why he pursued a boxing career passionately after he regained his freedom. For him, boxing was the only chance he had to get his life in order.
As an amateur, he wasted no time to hint at his intent to dominate the combat sport. Stevenson raked up a 33-5 record and in 2004, he won the Quebec 160-pounds amateur title. He also bagged the silver medal at the 2006 Australian Common Wealth Games in Melbourne after losing in the final to Australian Jarod Fletcher. Adonis’ silver was the only medal won by a Canadian Boxer at the Games.
That same year (sometime in September), the ex-convict was set to explore what fate prepared for him at pro level. After an astounding record of 9-0 with seven knockouts, the veteran southpaw triumphed over David Whittom in a 10-round unanimous decision. This was in December 2007 and it earned him the vacant Canadian 168-pound title.
The Canadian boxer continued to ascend the ladder of success as he grew in rankings, defeating the likes of Anthony Bonsante, Dhafir Smith, and Jermain Mackey. His first defeat as a pro boxer was at the hands of Darnell Boone, Adonis lost the April 2010 match in the second round via TKO. Thus far in his illustrious professional boxing career, the celebrated boxer has recorded a total of 30 fights with 29 wins. His wins by TKO is pegged at 24 with just one loss. Of course, this is an amazing record for someone who started his boxing career late in life.
Stevenson’s Height and Weight
The accomplished boxer stands at a height of 5 feet 11 inches (1.80 m). He fights in the super middleweight and light-heavyweight division with his body weight of 79 kg. His reach is measured at 77 inches, approximately 196 cm.