Stevenson Launches New Kronk Era with One Punch

by Kieran Mulvaney

Adonis Stevenson - Photo: Ed Mulholland

Boxing can be like a game of concussive chess, a cerebral challenge as much as a physical confrontation, two men laying and avoiding traps and adapting to changes in strategy over 12 three-minute rounds.

Or it can be shockingly abbreviated and violently conclusive, with one punch sufficient to end proceedings with whiplash rapidity.

In Montreal on Saturday night it was the latter. Chad Dawson was relieved of his light-heavyweight crown by Adonis Stevenson a mere 76 seconds after the bell rang to begin the contest. It's entirely possible that some of the multitude who, as is the case these days, filled the ring to capacity during Michael Buffer's opening orations had not even reached their seats before it was time for them to turn around and clamber back between the ropes again.

Read the Complete Chad Dawson vs. Adonis Stevenson Fight Recap on HBO.com.

CompuBox Analysis: Gamboa vs. Perez

by CompuBox
Darleys Perez, Yuriorkis Gamboa - Photo: Ed Mulholland

A generation ago, long layoffs were considered poison to boxers. "To rest is to rust," went the credo. But starting with Sugar Ray Leonard's incredible return against Marvelous Marvin Hagler and continuing with Vitali Klitschko and Floyd Mayweather Jr., that conventional wisdom has been turned on its head.

Former two-belt featherweight titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa hopes to emulate their success, for on Saturday he will be fighting for just the second time since September 2011 (and the first time in seven months). The opponent is 28-0 Colombian Darley Perez, whose last fight was a day less than three months ago (W 8 Julio Camano) and who is fighting for the sixth time since September 2011.

Is fresher better or time off mean better timing? The two philosophies will butt heads on Saturday and their respective CompuBox profiles offer these clues as to who might emerge victorious:

 

 

Is Yuriorkis Gamboa Too Good for His Own Good?

by Hamilton Nolan

Yuriorkis Gamboa may be the most talented boxer in the world. Not the most polished boxer; he throws punches in a blur of curvature in which jabs, hooks, and crosses become misnomers. Not the craftiest boxer either; he tends to spend the greater part of most fights with his hands down, goading his opponent out of sheer boredom. But for pure, otherworldly talent -- unapproachable speed, knockout power, overwhelming combination punching, sublime footwork -- there is no one on earth more blessed than Gamboa. Now if he could only figure out how to turn that talent into a decent career.

Let us very briefly get the pedigree of "El Ciclon de Guantanmo" out of the way: a 2004 Olympic gold medal. Multiple Cuban national championships. A defection to America, followed by a 22-0 pro record with 16 knockouts. Gamboa has been knocked down plenty of times, but it almost seems as though he’s so good that he takes stupid risks in the ring just to challenge himself. But he has never truly been challenged. And there lies the problem.