Stevenson Feels Kovalev Clash Will Eventually Happen
Big-hitting Adonis Stevenson has promised another sensational knockout this weekend as he looks to etch his name amongst boxing's best ever.
The no-nonsense star takes on Polish ace Andrzej Fonfara at the Bell Centre in Montreal this Saturday night, with the proclamation he will continue his hot streak which has seen him lay out his last 10 opponents.
The Haitian-born pugilist, now based in Canada, has amassed a frightening 20 knockouts in 23 wins, and with a reputation as the fight's games biggest puncher, the WBC light-heavyweight world champion has declared it will be business as usual against Fonfara.
"I'm very focused for this fight. I'm not overlooking him," said Stevenson.
"I'm ready for this fight. I'm not here to lose. I'm a champion and I'm here to win by knockout. That's it and I''m not concerned about anything else.
"I don't know [about his strengths and weaknesses]. I'm going to knock him out. That's what I'm going to do. I don't know his game plan. I'm going to knock him out."
Drawing comparisons to the formidable Mike Tyson due to his punching prowess, the 36-year-old is hoping to follow in the footsteps of boxing's biggest names as he looks to cement his own legacy in the sport.
"I want to be a legend and I want to be on par with all the boxing legends so that gives me a lot of motivation to push my body very, very hard and at a high level. I'm very motivated," said Stevenson.
"When you used to watch Mike Tyson fight, you knew someone was going to get knocked out. That's what is going to happen on Saturday. Somebody's going to get knocked out."
A potential unification fight with IBF and WBA champion Bernard Hopkins is in the pipeline should Stevenson come through the challenge of Fonfara.
However, the man known as 'Superman', has refused to look too far ahead with Fonfara, who has 25 wins in 28 contests, presenting an imminent threat to his reign at the top.
"I don't care about Hopkins now. Fonfara is in front of me, and that's it. After the fight we can talk about Hopkins," said Stevenson.
The light-heavyweight star was more outspoken when asked why a fight with the ferocious Russian, and current WBO champion, Sergey Kovalev, never materialised after Stevenson switched allegiances from HBO to Showtime.
"People don't understand that boxing is a business. That's our mentality - we negotiate with the network and we make sure that everyone gets paid. That's why I took it [the Showtime contract] because I'm working with the best managers in the world and they make sure everything is right with the network," said Stevenson.
"It's not about ducking, it's about business. I don't have a problem fighting Kovalev. I have a feeling that Yvon Michel [Stevenson's promoter] will one day make that happen."
Having been spotted by the late and great Emanuel Steward in 2011, Stevenson has vowed to fulfil the prophecy of the respected Hall of Fame trainer who believed he would go on to dominate the 175 pound division.
"Emanuel gave me a lot of advice and motivation. And it's not just about training. He was a friend to me and we spent a lot of time talking about life. And we talked about boxing and what it would be like to be a world champion," he said.
"A couple of years ago he didn't have any money, he didn't save nothing. And he explained that to me and I took his advice. He told me I was going to be the world champion and that I was going to be a star."
Stevenson vs. Fonfara is live on BoxNation (Sky 437/490HD & Virgin 546) this Saturday night. Visit www.boxnation.com to subscribe.
[QUOTE=kiaba360;14585664]If Adonis gets past Fonfara/B-Hop and doesn't get it on with Kovalev, I'm going to be pissed. Until then, Kov needs to get Pascal/Chilemba/Alvarez in the ring and whup their asses.[/QUOTE] Doubt it'll be Alvarez but yeah i guess he's…Comment by King_ on 05-24-2014
[QUOTE=MamaHuevo;14585648]Hahahahaha these keyboard warriors think they know best when speaking about other people's career. Hmmmmm Stevenson ducking a guy who hasn't the best quality opponents who fought a bum his last fight. Yet you hear biatches like you complaining. The…Comment by kiaba360 on 05-24-2014
[QUOTE=King-;14585563]Kovalevs been calling out Adonis since August of 2013 when he beat Clevery. Both guys went 4-0 in 2013 with 4KOs. Both guys co featured on the same show in November to set up a fight between them afterward, both…Comment by MamaHuevo on 05-24-2014
[QUOTE=Snake4380;14583145]LOL B-Hop is number 1 even after getting dominated by an overhyped Dawson? Beating an overrated Cloud makes you number 1? Stevenson is number 1 because he beat the overhyped Dawson after he was already damaged goods if anything...and Kovalev…Comment by HEND on 05-24-2014
[QUOTE=kiaba360;14585530]B-Hop won't be around for much longer though, every fight could be his last. Beating Fonfara/B-Hop turns the Kovalev bout into a potential PPV attraction. Kovalev is still building himself, so maybe it's best for everyone involved to let Adonis/Kovalev…Post a Comment/View More User Comments (88)