Stevenson predicts KO win over Fonfara in WBC light heavyweight defence
Friday, May 23, 2014 06:30 pm
MONTREAL - Adonis (Superman) Stevenson had no scouting report to offer about his next opponent, and he didn't seem very concerned about it when asked.
Stevenson will face Chicago-based Andrzej Fonfara on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in defence of his WBC light heavyweight title.
"I'm going to knock him out," Stevenson said during a conference call earlier this week. "I don't have a game plan. I'm going into the ring and I'm going to knock him out. I'm going to go up fighting."
The Laval boxer is 23-1-0 with 20 knockouts, meaning his intended result for Fonfara has come about in 83.3 per cent of his pro fights. In his 24 bouts, he has boxed a total of 93 rounds.
Stevenson, a southpaw born in Haiti, will be staging his third title defence since he knocked out WBC champion Chad Dawson June 8 in Montreal. Stevenson needed only 76 seconds to take out Dawson with a devastating left cross that sent his opponent flying back and left him sprawled out on the canvas.
Stevenson defended his title against Tavoris Cloud at the Bell Centre in September, and against Tony Bellew in November in Quebec City.
Fonfara, who was born in Warsaw, Poland, is 25-2-0 with 15 knockouts to his credit. He has won 15 straight fights, including 12 by knockout.
"We've got the same preparation as always, the same training, same workout," Fonfara said. "We change a little bit the plan because he is a southpaw. He's got a different style and I've prepared for this. We've got good sparring partners and I'm ready for this fight, mentally and physically."
Expectations of a bout pitting Stevenson against Sergey Kovalev descended into lawsuits from the Russian fighter's camp after Stevenson's adviser, Al Haymon, refused the deal he was offered.
Stevenson deferred to promoter Yvon Michel when asked about concerns about the litigation.
"They're making a lot of noise but we are very happy, if they want us to go in court it's no problem, then we're going to be able to show that they misled everybody, that they lied publicly so we will be able to expose them," Michel said. "Meantime here, it didn't affect at all the show, the ticket sales or the TV. On the contrary, I believe that that brought more publicity on Adonis worldwide."
Showtime Sports executive vice president Stephen Espinoza is eagerly looking forward to Stevenson making his debut on the network Saturday.
"We have been waiting for Adonis, or waiting for Superman, if you will, for quite some time," Espinoza said. "We're very excited to have him on the network."
Michel expects the crowd to be between 7,000 and 8,000.
The co-main event will pit 25-year-old Montreal middleweight David Lemieux, with a record of 31-2-0 and 29 knockouts, against Fernando Guerrero, an American-based fighter from the Dominican Republic who is 26-2-0 with 19 knockouts.
A junior middleweight bout will feature Houston's undefeated Jermell Charlo, who is 23-0-0 with 11 knockouts, against Japanese-based American boxer Charlie Ota, 24-1-1 with 16 knockouts.