On June 8, Adonis Stevenson lived out a dream by winning the WBC light heavyweight title by scoring a one-punch, 76-second knockout over Chad Dawson before his adopted home crowd at the Bell Centre, where he had fought his last five fights, all of which were KO victories. The celebratory displays were spine-tingling and the crowd noise was ear-splitting. It was the best of boxing, for the power-punching Haitian was able to transform a difficult past into a bright future with a single punch.
On Saturday, the rest of his fistic life will begin with his first defense against former IBF titlist Tavoris Cloud, who, in his last fight, had lost the belt to 48-year-old Bernard Hopkins. With the win, "B-Hop" broke his own record for oldest man ever to win a major boxing title.
Will Stevenson re-ignite the magic before his beloved Bell Centre crowd or will Cloud rain on his parade with a torrent of punches?
Statistical factors that may influence the outcome include: