Stevenson climbs off canvas to defend title
Adonis Stevenson hits the deck in the ninth. He was able to recover and defend his light-heavyweight world title. Pic: AP

Adonis Stevenson has successfully defended his World Boxing Council light-heavyweight title, unanimously outpointing Poland’s Andrej Fonfara at Bell Centre.

The 36-year-old Stevenson (24-1) picked himself off the canvas in the ninth round before battling back in the 10th to preserve the victory in his third title defence.

Fonfara (25-3) was knocked down in the first round and again with a body shot in fifth, but the lanky 26-year-old fighter kept coming back and going on the attack. In the final round, he caught Stevenson with a right and went all out for the knockout.

Judges John McKay and Jack Woodburn scored it 115-110, and Richard DeCarufel had it 116-109. It was the first time Stevenson, the Montreal-based fighter from Haiti, went the distance in 15 bouts since 2007.

The West Australian

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