Leading up to that hadn’t been much more fun for Roman. Stevens, a likely candidate to face WBA middleweight titleholder and HBO star-in-the-making Gennady Golovkin, came out fast. At 5’7”, Stevens is a compact middleweight with an athletic build, power in both hands and an aggressive style. Roman is three inches taller with a 77” reach and he tried to use it early. But Stevens pressed in and landed a series of compact left hooks followed by short rights that had Roman on his heels early.
A left hook put Roman down early on but he seemed to steel himself as Stevens went for broke with an all-out up-tempo assault. With someone as resilient as Roman, this could have had disastrous consequences for Stevens. It didn’t go that way as he pressed forward and landed a home run of a counter left hook that dropped Roman to the canvas like he’d been shot. His arms fell to his waist lifelessly for a moment and the ref immediately called a halt to the action.
The win is a strong statement for Stevens’ power. How it advertises his ability to handle the intelligence and heat “GGG” Golovkin brings remains to be seen. But see it, we should.
In the second of three televised bouts, 36 year old Tomasz Adamek 49-2, (29) resumed his heavyweight campaign with a decisive victory over heavyweight also-ran Dominic Guinn, 34-10-1, (23) by scores of 98-92 and 99-91 twice.
Guinn started well, using a long jab and right cross for about the first two rounds. Then it was all Adamek who, as his trainer Roger Bloodworth described, fought less European than he had previously. There was some funk to Adamek’s hustle as he shuffled in and out of range, bending at the waist and mixing both levels and punch velocity in circles around Guinn.
I’m not sure if Adamek is back in the mix at heavyweight so much as back in the good graces and view of the paying public after an eight month layoff.
In the opener, Eddie Chambers, 36-4 (18), looked incredibly flat making his cruiserweight debut in dropping a unanimous decision to Thadisco Mchunu, 14-1 (9).
Mchunu, out of South Africa, is a difficult fighter. He’s explosive and certainly quick with a defensive, counter puncher mentality. But he lacks for aggression and there isn’t a technical aspect to his game that allows him to force the action.
Eddie Chambers is a technical boxer not known for explosive boxer or for being an offensive juggernaut.
In other words, this was a damned boring fight that Mchunu clearly won. Scores were 97-93 and 99-91 twice.
How Mchunu fares on TV in the future will depend on how aggressively he is matched in the future. Chambers may want to rethink resuming his heavyweight run after looking less than energetic at cruiserweight.