WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson had his hands full with Thomas Williams Jr., but "Superman" knocked out Williams with a super left hand to retain his title in front of his home fans in Quebec, Canada. You can watch the video of Stevenson's finish at the top of the page, along with more highlights throughout this article.
Stevenson knocked Williams down with just about 30 seconds left in the opening round. It was his powerful left that landed and had Williams on the canvas. To his credit, Williams fought back in the 2nd round, although his offense was frequently at the expense of his admittedly shaky defense. That said, Williams shook up Stevenson at the end of the round with a big combination, and had a strong case for winning the round. Williams effectively made Stevenson fight off of his backfoot, where he's noticeably less comfortable, and was dictating the terms of the fight at times in the latter stages of the 2nd and in parts of the 3rd round. Another exciting exchange ensued in the 3rd with Stevenson getting rocked, only to answer back by forcing a visibly shaken Williams to retreat with an uppercut. A knot developed above the left eye of Williams, which the referee said was caused by a punch.
Round 4 started off with Stevenson hitting Williams low, forcing a momentary stoppage. Williams didn't take too long to resume fighting, and once again they went on all-out attack. Stevenson's uppercuts and body shots were taking a toll on Williams, whose "macho man" strategy steadily lost steam, try as he might to stay in the contest. The fight ended with the southpaw Stevenson just destroying Williams with his left hand as Williams tried to throw an uppercut, and Williams did not (and was never going to) beat the count. "Top Dog" was toppled over, and Stevenson knew the job was done.
Official result: Adonis Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) def. Thomas Williams Jr. (20-2, 14 KOs) via KO (punch) at 2:54 of round 4
Round 1 knockdown
.@AdonisSuperman welcomes @Topdoggjr to Canada with a first round knockdown. #PBConSpike #StevensonWilliams pic.twitter.com/LyU6pOLGZl— PBC (@premierboxing) July 30, 2016
Round 2 - Williams' best moments
After being dropped in the first round, @topdoggjr awakens in round 2. #StevensonWilliams #PBConSpike pic.twitter.com/B2PmRsPTGc— PBC (@premierboxing) July 30, 2016
Round 4 - Live broadcast of Stevenson's KO
SUPERMAN! @adonissuperman #PBConSpike #StevensonWilliams pic.twitter.com/gKLzvXjBRx— PBC (@premierboxing) July 30, 2016
In the co-main event, Eleider Alvarez (20-0, 10 KOs) defeated short-notice replacement Robert Berridge (27-5-1, 21 KOs) by the scores of 99-90, 98-92, and 98-92 in an awful fight. That's probably who Adonis will fight next since Alvarez is the WBC's mandatory challenger, and Sergey Kovalev will be fighting Andre Ward on November 19th in a PPV fight of considerably greater importance. Spike bizarrely replayed a rather uninteresting eight-round draw from the preliminary card, so we had to sit through 18 rounds of bad boxing to get to an exciting main event. If you have the time to seek out a replay of the main event, it's worth it. Everything else about the broadcast was not.