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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Adonis Stevenson: "I Really Believe
In My Chances To Win By KO"

By Daniel Cloutier

QUÉBEC CITY, Canada - The WBC light heavyweight champion of the world, the Montrealer southpaw Adonis Stevenson, has no doubt in his mind: he will get out of the ring with his WBC belt Saturday evening at the Videotron Centre in Québec City.

December first, Stevenson (29-1-1) will proceed to the 10th defense of his title against the Russian Oleksandr Gvozdyk (15-0-0), the mandatory challenger of the WBC light heavyweight world championship.

“No doubt in my mind, I will keep my world title Saturday evening,” said Stevenson. “I got a great preparation, mentally, physically technically and strategically, and I improved several aspects of my technique during this training camp. My trainer, Sugar Hill, and me, watched several videos involving Gvozdyk in action. I am not worry at all. I really believe in my chances to win this fight by KO. My opponent is aggressive, then, he will give me great opportunities to connect my destructive punches. I will make him pay the big price for each technical errors. I will fight with intensity from the first second of the bout to the last one. The people who believe that my career will end on a bad note Saturday will have a huge surprise. I am so ready for this challenge.”

Several European boxing writers predicted that the Stevenson’s career will end on a sad note Saturday evening. They really believe that Gvozdyk is the new star of the light heavyweight division.

Don’t tell that to Sugar Hill. He is more than satisfy of his fighter’s work in training. “Like usual, Adonis got a fantastic training camp,” said Hill. “Adonis is always working like hell in training. At his next bouts, Adonis will use more his jabs to prepare his powerful attacks. And you will see, he will hurt his opponent with both hands, not only his left wrist. I really believe that Adonis gonna win this bout by KO or TKO.”

Gvozdyk thinks that Stevenson is dreaming if he believes seriously he gonna win this fight by KO or TKO. “Stevenson thinks he will knock me out? He is mixing reality and fiction. Believe me, I am gonna win this fight by KO or decision. For sure, I will come back in Russia with the WBC belt in my luggage. Stevenson thinks that I will be unable to resist to his power shots for 12 rounds, but we will see if he will be able to touch my chin.”

Gvozdyk said he got a perfect training camp. “My preparation has been great,” said the Russian fighter. I will take this fight in a perfect shape.”

Stevenson won 24 times by KO or TKO, versus 12 times for his opponent.

The promoter of the GYM Group, Yvon Michel, is also confident to see Stevenson still WBC light heavyweight champion of the world. “Adonis is a very determinate fighter, and he is the most dangerous puncher in the world,” said Yvon Michel. “I am sure he will keep his crown Saturday evening. Adonis is taking this fight very seriously. He knows that Gvozdyk is a good opponent, then, he will fight with a perfect concentration from the first minute to the last one.”

Gvozdyk's trainer, Ted Atlas, is extremely happy by his fighter preparation. “Oleksandr trained several weeks in row with a marvelous intensity, then, he could not be more prepared for a big challenge,” said Atlas. “Oleksandr is taking this fight very seriously, and I am expecting from him a great performance December first. He wants so much to become WBC light heavyweight champion of the world, I am impatient to see him in action in this bout. I know he has the talent and the extermination to reach his goal.”

The WBO light heavyweight champion of the world, the Montrealer Colombian Eleider Alvarez, said he will watch attentively this fight Stevenson-Gvozdyk. “I really hope that Stevenson will be the big winner of this fight,” said Alvarez. “He and I are part of the same team (the GYM Group) and we are living in the same city. And I really believe that with his experience, determination and power, Stevenson gonna win this bout. But Stevenson and me could become eventually big rivals. If Stevenson keeps his WBC crown next Saturday, and I win my rematch with Kovalev like I am expecting to do, an unification titles bout between him and me would be simply logical.”

Alvarez (24-0-0), who dethroned the Russian Sergey Kovalev (32-3-1) as WBO 175 pounds world champion last August in Atlantic City, in winning by KO in the seventh round, is supposed to fight a rematch with Kovalev February 2nd in Texas.


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