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
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)