Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Don George: I’m Here To Win And To Win By Knockout!

By Jake Donovan

Donovan George never had reservations about fighting Adonis Stevenson in Canada.

George was signed on to fight as a replacement in the event that Andre Dirrell pulled out of the proposed August showdown, which turned out to be the case. He was fine with the fight being relocated to the states.

He eventually got over his disappointment when Stevenson suffered an injury, postponing the bout two months to Friday. Nor was it of any concern when it was moved back to the Bell Center in Montreal, where it will air live on Wealth TV (Friday, 9PM ET/6PM PT).

All that matters to George is getting the opportunity, as a win puts him in title contention.

“The hard work is over. I made the weight and trained super hard,” George (23-2-1, 20KO) said hours after weighing in at 167.2 lb, well within the 168 lb. super middleweight limit for Friday’s title eliminator. “(Friday night) I’ll have fun out there and win.”

George played the postponement smart, accepting a stay-busy fight rather than sit on his HBO-televised loss to Edwin Rodriguez earlier this year.

With Stevenson pulling out of the planned ESPN2 Friday Night Fights telecast in August, George played with house money and accepted a late assignment against Dionisio Miranda. The move proved wise, as George won by 6th round stoppage in a bout that was well-received by those who tuned in to ESPN2 that evening.

The 35-year old Stevenson (18-1, 15KO) has two fights in 2012, but hasn’t fought since April and has only registered just over six total minutes of ring action on the year. Quick knockouts over Jesus Gonzalez and Noe Gonzalez were eye-catching, but also did little to keep the Canadian puncher active.

Still, the Chicago-based George believes an uphill battle awaits as he travels north of the border.

Much to his surprise, he was met with a warm reception when arriving in town earlier this week. Now he hopes to return the favor by offering a surprise of his own.

“It turns out a lot of these people out here are supporting me,” George reveals. “They are great fight fans here. I am here to win and to win by knockout.”

The winner will be in line for an eventual title shot against super middleweight alphabet titlist Carl Froch. The Brit faces Yusaf Mack later this year and then embarks on a road trip to Canada himself as he faces Lucian Bute in a contractually-obligated rematch next March.

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 richardt on 10-12-2012

Remember if you don't have the fight on your cable or satillite you can pay for a month subscription for 95 cents and watch it online at wealth tv. They have a yearly for roughly 12 bucks as well. Thats…

Comment by chiguy91 on 10-12-2012

hopefully george can pull off the upset tonight. if not, hope it's an entertaining fight. let's go george!! :boxing:

Comment by daggum on 10-12-2012

why isn't edwin rodriguez fighting stevenson? why are both getting easy fights rather than fighting each other? cool you both beat don george want a cookie? stevenson by this [IMG]http://www.wwtdd.com/wp-content/uploads/2000/08/driver.gif[/IMG]

Comment by guitarboyled on 10-12-2012

It's an interesting matchup, if Stevenson wins he definitely goes up in value and could potentially fight for a belt in 2013. Let’s hope it doesn’t all become smoke when he starts fighting guys in the top 5. This thing…

Comment by largo99 on 10-12-2012

From Montreal ... I believe Stevenson will win tonight ... But at the same time I don't think he was tested that much and unfortunatly I think he will hit a wall (eventually) just like Bute did with Froch when…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (10)
Top Headlines Murat Gassiev To Make First Defense in May or June Aldo Doubts Mayweather-McGregor Gets Beyond UFC Obstacles Marquez Tabs Golovkin as Boxing's New Pound-For-Pound King Anthony Karperis Stops Scott Burrell in Four Rounds Cedric Vitu-Marcello Matano IBF Eliminator For Jarett Hurd Shot Mayweather: 'Triple L' Golovkin Came Up Short, I'd Work Him Over! Lawrence Okolie To Box On Burns vs. Indongo In Glasgow Anthony Crolla Not Ruling Out Move To Junior Welterweight Rob Brant To Take Stay Busy Fight, Then Murata-N'dam Winner Photos: Jorge Linares Dominates Anthony Crolla - MEGA Gallery Porter Hopes Pacquiao Retires, Says Khan Has Skills To Beat Anyone Jacobs' Manager: GGG's Side Will Make Excuses to Avoid Rematch Frank Warren: Shrewd Liam Smith With Under The Radar Fight Photos: Tyron Zeuge With Bad Cut, Gets Technical Decision Win Crolla Admits Gallagher Nearly Pulled Him Out Before Twelfth Charlo vs. Heiland WBC Eliminator For Mandatory Golovkin Shot Saunders Smiles: Let Everyone Doubt Me, I Can Beat Golovkin! Jhonny Gonzalez Crushes Francisco Contreras in Three Rounds Emmanuel Rodriguez Destroys Robinson Lavinanza in One Daud Yordan's Promoter Hopes To Get Him Title Shot Next Linares: I Want Mikey Garcia, Lomachenko - I Can Beat Both! Mike Tyson on Mind Games, Breaking an Opponent's Spirit Nico Hernandez Makes His Pro Debut in Style Jorge Paez Jr. Blasts Out Daniel Sandoval in Furious Fashion Abduqaxorov Blitzes Manyuchi, Captures WBC Silver at 147 Saunders To Golovkin: Do You Want To Fight? Put Up or Shut Up! Juho Haapoja decisions Leonardo Bruzzese to win EU title Mikey Garcia Wants Summer Unification Fight Against Linares Tyron Zeuge Suffers Bad Cut, Gets Technical Decision Over Ekpo Lawrence Okolie Blows Out Debut Opponent In 20 Seconds Jorge Linares Drops, Dominates Anthony Crolla To Repeat Jack Arnfield Beats Brian Rose In Battle Of Blackpool Linares vs. Crolla Rematch - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Katie Taylor Beats Koleva, Welborn Shocks Marcus Morrison Kovalev's Trainer Has Doubts That Ward Wants The Rematch Martin Ward Defeats Maxi Hughes, Retains British, WBC Regional Crolla: I Need To Drag Linares Into a Fight, Rough Him Up Hunter: I Told Amir Khan That Fighting Canelo Was Stupid, Crazy Investigation is Under Way After 17-Year-old Amateur Dies Jorge Linares 'Feels at Home' Fighting Crolla in The UK
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement