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Don George: I am Willing To Go To War With Stevenson!

By Jake Donovan

Win or lose, Donovan George became an instant fan favorite on Monday afternoon.

The Chicagoland super middleweight helped bring an end to the long and exhausting search for an opponent willing to face Canadian southpaw Adonis Stevenson. Such a bout came with the reward of a mandatory title shot for the winner, along with the privilege of it airing live on Showtime.

Several potential challengers passed on the fight, including Dirrell who – through his lawyer – informed the IBF last Thursday his intention to take his career in another direction.

George was already slotted on the undercard against an unnamed opponent, with the backup plan of his sliding into the main event if and when Dirrell withdrew. Once he was informed of the sudden vacancy, George couldn’t say ‘yes’ quick enough at the chance to participate in a title elimination bout.

"I’m very thankful to have this monster shot at Adonis Stevenson,” George (22-2-1, 19KO) said of what will now serve as his second straight premium network appearance. His last ring appearance was a hard-fought points loss against Edwin Rodriguez, which aired live on HBO. 

Dirrell joins a growing list of opponents unwilling to face Stevenson in this particular slot. Thomas Oosthuizen, James DeGale, Kelly Pavlik and Sakio Bika have all also checked the ‘decline’ box on their respective invitations to the dance.

Facing a gifted puncher like Stevenson (18-1-1, 15KO) – who is trained by Emanuel Steward and has won five straight, all by knockout – on the road isn’t the most alluring offer. Not only is George willing to face him but equally willing to do whatever it takes to escape the Bell Centre in Montreal with a win.

“Stevenson is a very talented kid with a big punch,” George acknowledges. “I will come very well prepared and willing to go to war.”

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Cloud on 07-11-2012

I really like Don George and Adonis Stevenson. This should be an early win for someone. Adonis has unreal power but he's also been put away by Boone. War Both Dudes :boxing:

Comment by richardt on 07-11-2012

[QUOTE=rock5330;12323980]Donovan goes to sleep early in this fight.[/QUOTE]Only if George doesn't touch him on that sweet spot on the chin like Boone did when he got rid of Stevenson. Also, Stevenson is 34 years old. Not exactly a spring chicken.

Comment by rock5330 on 07-11-2012

Donovan goes to sleep early in this fight.

Comment by JKidd2624 on 07-11-2012

Wouldn't expect anything less from Don. War, for as long as it lasts...

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