By Luke Furman
Although he may be in his forties and fought to a majority draw against Badou Jack in the spring, once-beaten Adonis Stevenson is determined to show everyone that he's still the top fighter at light heavyweight.
Stevenson will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) title against mandatory challenger Oleksandr Gvozdyk of Ukraine, on December 1st at the Videotron Center in Quebec, Canada.
"My opponent is a hungry guy. I expect him to give everything in the ring. I will have to work hard in training to be 100% ready. I want to prove to people that I'm still number 1 at light heavyweight and I'm going to win by KO," Stevenson told LA Presse.
Gvozdyk, 31-years-old, has an immaculate record. The undefeated bronze medalist of the 2012 London Olympics has won 12 of 15 fights by knockout.
His last fight dates back to March 17th, when he looked a bit lackluster in winning a twelve round unanimous decision over Mehdi Amar.
Some experts believe that Gvozdyk has a suspicious chin. When questioned about it, Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KOs) insisted that the Ukrainian remains undefeated and that anything can happen in boxing.
"Without a doubt, Gvozdyk will be the best opponent Adonis has faced in his title defenses," said Stevenson's promoter, GYM President Yvon Michel. "He is working with a renowned trainer in Teddy Atlas. Gvozdyk will arrive with great confidence and everyone in his group believes that it is time for Adonis to bow down."
Always passionate about his sport, Stevenson is not thinking about retirement just yet.
"I own several companies and I could stop right now. However, my sport still motivates me," he said.
For his part, Michel mentioned that the WBC ordered a rematch between Jack and Stevenson, who had fought a majority draw on May 19 in Toronto.
Beyond that, Stevenson would like to find a way to unify the titles at 175-pounds.
The boxing card of December 1st will feature several local favorites - including Marie-Eve ??Dicaire, Oscar Rivas, Mikael Zewski and Sebastien Bouchard.
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.