Lem Satterfield

Stevenson’s father ‘died from fighting’


Long before his birth, RING/WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson said that his father dreamed that he would be a fighter, even though he died doing just that while his son was still in his mother’s womb.

“I didn’t know my father. When my mother was pregnant, my father died. So I didn’t know my father. It wasn’t easy,” said Stevenson, 36, in an HBO video that can be viewed by clicking here.

“My father was in a karate tournament. He got a punch in the heart. Close to the heart. One or two weeks after that, he died from it. He died from fighting. And now, I’m a fighter. That was the dream of my father. You know, in boxing, anything can happen.”

For the bulk of his career, Stevenson has made it happen in his favor. On Saturday, Stevenson (22-1, 19 knockouts) is confident that he will come up with his 10th straight knockout victory, and his fourth of the year, against Liverpool’s Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KOs) at The Pepsi Colesium in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

“My power is natural. That’s God-given power,” said Stevenson, a southpaw who will be fighting at 175-pounds for only the third straight time. “When I go into the ring with you, this is a war, and I’m going to win by knockout.”



Photo by Will Hart, HBO

Lem Satterfield can be reached at lemuel.satterfield@gmail.com


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