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For the first time in 30 years World championship boxing appears to be returning to Toronto
According to the online boxing database Boxrec.com, Montreal’s Adonis “Superman” Stevenson is scheduled to defend his WBC light-heavyweight title Sept. 11 at the Ricoh Coliseum against American Tommy Karpency.
If so the Stevenson title defence is going to be the first title bout to take place in Toronto since June 1984, when junior welterweight legend Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor defeated Toronto’s Nicky Furlano at Varsity Arena.
Tommy Karpency is best known for winning a split decision over Chad Dawson’s corpse in October of 2014. Otherwise, Karpency (25-4-1, 14 KOs) has fought mostly club-level opposition, other than defeats to Nathan Cleverly (UD12), Andrzej Fonfara (TKO7) and Karot Murat (UD12).
The bout is part of the Premier Boxing Champions series, a $20 million project undertaken by boxing power broker Al Haymon in an effort to re-establish the sport on network television.