There was thunder heard across the light heavyweight division Saturday night as Adonis Stevenson produced the biggest shock of the year by belting out Chad Dawson in short order at Montreal's Bell Centre.
It wasn't much of a first round as both fighters took measure of the other man until Stevenson absolutely nailed Dawson with a pinpoint counter left.
Chad Dawson went down hard but amazingly beat the count. He was, however, in no shape to continue and the contest was waved off at 1:16 of the initial frame.
No one had expected Stevenson
This changes the light heavyweight division as Dawson was one of the top men on the weight class and Stevenson had previously campaigned at super middle.
Adonis Stevenson, 21-1 (19), has now picked up consecutive KO victories over his last eight appearances and annexes the WBC light heavyweight title.
Dawson drops to 31-3 (17) having lost his last two bouts and will have to return to the drawing board.
The undercard saw the return of lightning-fisted Yuriorkis Gamboa, 23-0 (16), who downed Darlys Perez, 28-1 (19) in the first enroute to posting a 12 round points victory on scores of 116-111, 116-111 and 115-112 to retain the Interim WBA lightweight title.