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 Fonfara’s skill set, Stevenson didn’t bother.
“I don’t know,” Stevenson said. “I don’t know. Like I said, that’s what I’m going for, the knockout. I’m going to knock out. I don’t have no game plan, this, that. I’m going up in the ring and I’m going to knock him out. I’m a Kronk fighter. And a Kronk fighter, that’s what he does – knock out. Knockouts sell. That’s what I’m going to do – knock out. … Somebody’s going to get knocked out. It’s going to be Fonfara. Of course.”
Late trainer Emanuel Steward instilled this knockout mentality in Stevenson, a native Haitian raised in Quebec. He is now trained by Steward’s 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, Stevenson’s lone loss also came by second-round technical knockout against a fighter with double digits in his loss column. Atlanta’s 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.
Stevenson’s current knockout streak started the fight after Boone beat him. Fonfara and Findley didn’t 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.