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Stevenson: Cleverly Who? Kovalev Still Needs a Big Win

By Ryan Burton

On Saturday evening Adonis Stevenson will face Tavoris Cloud which will be the first defense of the WBC light heavyweight title that he won against Chad Dawson in June.  If Stevenson is successful, the plan is for him to face his mandatory challenger Tony Bellew before the year is out.  That would mean three fights in a span of about six months which suits Stevenson just fine.

"I am very happy that I have had a busy schedule.  I just fought Chad Dawson in June so I am still in shape.  I never stopped training so I don't see how Cloud is going to beat me.  I am still in shape and I am always training," Stevenson stated.

A fight between Stevenson and fellow power puncher is Sergey Kovalev is a match up that has many fight fans salivating.  Stevenson said that he has no problem facing Kovalev but said that the Russian needs a signature win first.

"I would like to fight him but he needs to build his name up.  He needs to fight a good opponent and not just any opponent.  You see that I have Chad Dawson who is the linear light heavyweight champion and now I fight Tavoris Cloud who is the former IBF champion.  I think Kovalev needs to fight someone like that first," Kovalev told BoxingScene.com.

I asked Stevenson what he thought about Kovalev's last opponent Nathan Cleverly. Kovalev captured the WBO light heavyweight title when he stopped the Welshman in four rounds in their August meeting.

"Nathan Cleverly?  Who did did he fight?  He just fights in England and he's a decent fighter but he just fights decent fighters.  He steps up and takes one test against Kovalev and you see what happened," Stevenson explained.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by richardt on 09-28-2013

[QUOTE=Roberto Vasquez;13790459]Stevenson is spot on with those Cleverly comments. Sick of fighters coasting through without fighting anyone good first.[/QUOTE]You mean like Stevenson himself who fought no one before Dawson???

Comment by Roberto Vasquez on 09-28-2013

Stevenson is spot on with those Cleverly comments. Sick of fighters coasting through without fighting anyone good first. Worse thing was when Cleverly said he was going to retire. What kind of fighter is that? a real fighter would learn…

Comment by King_ on 09-28-2013

Hahahahahahahahahahahaha duck. hahahahahaha Please tell us Adonis, what big name is there for him to fight that'll earn him a shot with you?

Comment by oscar9992 on 09-27-2013

This situation is same kinda situation with GGG. Everybody tells that he has no names in his resume but no one wants to fight him.

Comment by Alpha & Omega on 09-27-2013

Wow 1 left field over the top punch and now Stevenson is a big time talent? Lol please. He is very limited. I doubt he even gets by Cloud. Kovalev is the truth, he is the Destructor. He is coming…

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