From the first round onwards it was clear the men were on different levels. They started by fencing with the lead hands and it seemed that Stevenson's jab was getting through quickly and early whilst Sukhotsky looked clueless as to what he needed to do in one of the worst rounds of the year. The fencing was won by Stevenson who moved on a level in the second round as he clearly out landed the Russian who was becoming more and more negative whilst being dropped in the second round form a push-come-shove.
By round 3 Stevenson had began to find a home for his straight left hand whilst Sukhotsky was beginning to walk into shots. The Russian had no plan B and just followed Stevenson around the ring eating a steady diet of shots. It was embarrassing to think that Sukhotsky was fighting the way he was fighting considering the talent he had shown in previous bouts though he show nothing other than an ability to follow a foe.
In round 4 Stevenson's success continued to grow as Sukhotsky became more and more predictable. It was clear the Russian was out of his depth and had no idea what to do. Thankfully however we were put out of our suffering in round 5 as Stevenson finally upped the ante and dropped Sukhotsky 3 times to record the stoppage.
Althoudgh Stevenson had won with ease he hadn't really really impressed. He had an opponent who was made to order and he did what he was supposed to do. Sukhostky looked like garbage, Stevenson, whilst looking good, didn't look like a sensation. Instead Stevenson looked like a man who had sparred with some sort of novice, not a man defending his world title against a top level foe. Sadly Stevenson, who was interviewed after the fight, blew his chance at making fans by proclaiming himself as the top dog in the division rather than calling out out Sergey Kovalev, the only man people want to Stevenson fight. He had the chance but blew it by letting his ego rule.
The fight wasn't great and it's a shame that Stevenson's desire from last year appears to have gone. Last year he seemed happy to prove his greatness, not he seems afraid to find out he's not all that. Sukhotsky may have been a win that has boosted his ego though the performance of both men suggest that Stevenson really has little to take away from this bout.