By Keith Idec
Andrzej Fonfara has been stopped once in 27 professional fights.
Adonis Stevenson guaranteed that number will double Saturday night in Montreal. The powerful southpaw skipped politically correct pleasantries when discussing his WBC light heavyweight title defense against the Polish-born, Chicago-bred Fonfara at Bell Centre (Showtime; 9 p.m. ET).
When asked to assess Fonfaraís skill set, Stevenson didnít bother.
ďI donít know,Ē Stevenson said. ďI donít know. Like I said, thatís what Iím going for, the knockout. Iím going to knock out. I donít have no game plan, this, that. Iím going up in the ring and Iím going to knock him out. Iím a Kronk fighter. And a Kronk fighter, thatís what he does Ė knock out. Knockouts sell. Thatís what Iím going to do Ė knock out. Ö Somebodyís going to get knocked out. Itís going to be Fonfara. Of course.Ē
Late trainer Emanuel Steward instilled this knockout mentality in Stevenson, a native Haitian raised in Quebec. He is now trained by Stewardís nephew, Javan Hill.
The 36-year-old Stevenson (23-1, 20 KOs), about a 16-1 favorite, has knocked out 10 straight opponents. The 26-year-old Fonfara (25-2-1, 15 KOs, 1 NC) has not been stopped since suffering a second-round technical knockout defeat to Derrick Findley (20-13-1, 13 KOs, 1 NC), of Gary, Ind., in his 12th professional fight, nearly six years ago in Chicago.
Coincidentally, Stevensonís lone loss also came by second-round technical knockout against a fighter with double digits in his loss column. Atlantaís Darnell Boone (19-21-4, 8 KOs) stopped Stevenson in their April 2010 fight in Salisbury, Md., but Stevenson knocked out Boone in the sixth round of their rematch 14 months ago in Montreal.
Stevensonís current knockout streak started the fight after Boone beat him. Fonfara and Findley didnít fight a second time.
Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.
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