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Adonis Stevenson talks up Karpency

Adonis Stevenson says he's excited to be facing Tommy Karpency and that he's not a "pizza delivery guy" like Kovalev's last opponent in Nadjib Mohammedi.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson is doing his best to defend his upcoming opponent Tommy Karpency after he publicly ripped Sergey Kovalev's last opponent, Nadjib Mohammedi. Stevenson publicly criticized the fight, referring to Mohammedi as a "pizza delivery guy." The irony of this statement stunk to high heaven since Karpency is rated even lower than Mohammedi according the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, but Stevenson is only looking at the WBC rankings. So speaking about Karpency, Stevenson said:

"Everybody is underestimating him. He was the underdog against Chad Dawson and he won. Those fighters from the Philadelphia area are tough. And he's ranked #9 in the world (by the WBC). He is not a pizza delivery guy."

Well in that case, I suppose we should all be relieved to know that Stevenson won't be taking on an actual delivery guy. But that doesn't make this fight any more interesting since Karpency is looked upon as a general no-hoper in this fight. If Stevenson makes it through this fight, which should be expected, he's likely to have a rematch with Andrzej Fonfara or a fight with Isaac Chilemba, who the WBC tabbed as a a final eliminator bout.

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