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“Look, I’m no Stevenson hater. He seems like a cool guy in interviews and I’m assuming he’s repented for past heinous deeds and is now a decent and productive citizen. Boxing, it should be noted, has long been a breeding ground for redemption. But even with that in mind, it’s hard for me to shake the idea that Stevenson is avoiding a chance at greatness here. Or that he’s allowing those around him to keep him from taking it.
In other words, he’s either being manipulated or is outright (how I hate to use this word) ducking the powerful Russian. Nothing else makes sense at this point.
Before I come across as self-righteous, however, let me make clear that I do not believe that Stevenson fears Kovalev, or anyone else for that matter. As Teddy Atlas recently said, boxers just aren’t cowards. If they were, well, they wouldn’t be boxers. At it’s very essence, the sport requires courage.
No, I think Stevenson, or his team, or Haymon, decided some time ago that plenty of money could be made with soft touches, so much money in fact, that it could compensate for Stevenson not facing Kovalev, Hopkins, Pascal or anyone else who might be a real threat. It isn’t that team Stevenson fears losing, but that it must be paid ridiculous and impractical sums of money in order to take a genuine risk.” From “The Big Fight That Wasn’t” by Sean Crose
Adonis Stevenson photos by Jeff Lockhart.