'Superman' Stevenson stops brave Brit Bellew in sixth round to retain world title before calling out Froch and Hopkins
By Martin Domin - dailymail.co.uk
Tony Bellew's world title challenge ended in bitter disappointment as he was stopped by Adonis Stevenson in Quebec on Saturday night.
End is near: Tony Bellew was stopped in the sixth round of his world title fight against Adonis Stevenson
TheHaiti-born Canadian then called out world super-middleweight champion Carl Froch as well as ring legend and IBF light-heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins in his post-fight interview.
Game over: The referee steps in to stop Bellew taking any more punishment at the hands of Stevenson
'I want Carl Froch or Bernard Hopkins,' he said. 'The fans in Quebec City want Carl Froch and Bernard Hopkins.'
Stevenson, nicknamed 'Superman', has enjoyed a stunning year. Having avenged his only professional defeat to Darnell Boone, he ripped the world title from Chad Dawson with a brutal one-punch knockout victory.
He followed that up with a systematic dismantling of Tavoris Cloud in September, stopping the former champion in the seventh round.
Bellew, meanwhile, had lost his previous challenge for world honours when he was pipped on the scorecards by Nathan Cleverly in 2011.
He had earned his shot at Stevenson by beating Isaac Chilemba at the second time of asking in a final eliminator in May.
Up against it: Bellew struggled to land on the champion and was eventually made to pay by Stevenson
On the back foot: Bellew planned to frustrate Stevenson but was unable to stay away from his famed left hand
And, having celebrated his 31st birthday on Saturday, Belllew promised to bring the belt back to Liverpool but failed to reproduce the fireworks he had shown at Friday's weigh-in.
The two men had gone head to head as the tension threatened to bubble over but in the ring, Bellew immediately went on the back foot.
His plan had been to frustrate the champion before imposing himself in the second half of the fight.
But Stevenson showed that he was prepared to be patient and pick his punches, stalking his opponent round the ring.
Bellew offered little in return and after a quiet opening two rounds, he was rocked by Stevenson's lethal left hand.
Down: Bellew was dropped to the canvas shortly before Stevenson completed the job in the sixth round
Still champion: Stevenson celebrates after stopping Bellew in the sixth round of their world title fight
The champion was on the canvas in the next round but the referee correctly ruled it a slip and Stevenson continued to march down his prey, landing left hands sporadically but ominously.
And with two minutes of the sixth round remaining, Stevenson pressed home his advantage.
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Tony Bellew has lost his bid to take the WBC light-heavyweight title from Canada's Adonis Stevenson in Quebec City.
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