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Johnny Nelson: Adonis Stevenson must move down to fight Carl Froch

Johnny Nelson Posted 2nd December 2013 view comments

Adonis Stevenson proved far too good for Tony Bellew's dream to come true in the early hours of Sunday, but will he get a crack at Britain's number one next? I don't think so.

Stevenson said he wants Bernard Hopkins or Carl Froch next but even though Carl gave George Groves his shot, I would be very surprised if a fight with Stevenson comes about.

Don't get me wrong, Carl doesn't duck anyone, but the bottom line is the simple question of size.

Back down: Stevenson will have to hit super-middleweight to face Froch, says Johnny

Back down: Stevenson will have to hit super-middleweight to face Froch, says Johnny

Froch is more likely to become a middleweight than a light-heavyweight, so if Superman wants it, he will have to move back down to super-middleweight.

He was Froch's mandatory before taking the leap up, which will not do him any favours, and I think there is still a score to be settled over here in the United Kingdom with Groves.

Also, Carl is 36 and moving up would mean a complete and utter change.


Andre Ward might be the likeliest of the big-name super-middleweights to move up to light-heavyweight but he doesn't seem to be making any noises about Stevenson - and, come to think of it, neither has our dear old friend Hopkins.

Watching Stevenson take Bellew apart showed me just how good Superman is.

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So Stevenson will have to do the chasing, make all the changes and meet the requirements because in calling out the Cobra, he wants to take on one of the biggest names in boxing. And I don't just mean over here.

Carl has really made a name for himself out in America with that Super Six tournament and the simple fact is if Stevenson wants to take on Froch, he will have to go back down and leave the division where he has become a star in his own right.

Mind you, I am not sure Froch would fancy a guy that is fresh, a hard, hard hitter and also technically impressive, either.

Watching Stevenson take Bellew apart showed me just how good Superman is. I think a lot of us just remembered him for that one-punch knock out of Chad Dawson and thought he was just a big-hitter.

I couldn't have been more wrong.


He can bang but there were signs of him that were so, so smart.

The southpaw is never easy to take on but we saw him use that left as a lead, get that jab going and run things from the start, even if he wasn't at full pelt.

There was one moment where Tony looked like he was going to engage and take him on, but whether he didn't want to do it that early on or Stevenson took the lead, it didn't matter because that was the last time we thought we might see a surprise.

I am a big Bellew fan but I just wonder if he boxed to his full capability but fell well short. He hinted that himself afterwards and mentioned moving up to cruiserweight.

I know the cruiserweight division only too well and look around and see that there are some big, big guys waiting at the top.

Bellew would carry speed and power up but I still think he could move down, so I am waiting with interest to see which way he goes.

The same goes for Superman, too!

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Dane Crosby says...

Agree with the article about Stevenson being much more than just a puncher, he is a very slick and classy operator and knows how to fight and was trained by the great Manny Steward so you know the lad has a special something about him however I really disagree with all the pundits saying Stevenson won't drop down to super middle weight. I say this because in his last fight vs Bellew he tipped the scales at 174.4 lbs (just short of 12 n half stone ) meaning he would only have to get down to 168 n drop just short of half a stone I know this is easier said than done but my reasons for saying it wouldn't matter because come fight night Adonis would no doubt be coming in as a Light heavyweight anyway so I just can't see the half a stone being such an issue. It seems to me at the age of 36 Adonis is after the biggest pay days possible and with money also being a factor I just can't see the half a stone mattering if the money is there and a fight with Froch will certainly generate cash. Also would a move up in division really be a bad love for Froch ? At super middle weight what fights are left for him? Groves and Ward are the stand out however I was curious about a unification with Robert Stieglitz but it seems to me when these titles go to Germany they never seem to venture out of the country and unification fights don't happen, perhaps promotional issues? Would love some thoughts and feedback should this be posted ! Thanks a bunch for the read :) and the wonderful articles as always !

Posted 08:19 4th December 2013

Greg Smith says...

I'd like to see Carl fight groves again and do what was expected last time however I think there are bigger fights, one day hopefully against genardy golovkin, Stevenson will probs fight Hopkins in my opinion and Hopkins will again show his class, Bellew, although I think he's a great advocate of boxing I fail to see anything more than a great domestic fighter I hope he comes back to prove me wrong but at the moment I couldn't hazard a guess as to who he will fight next

Posted 00:58 4th December 2013

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