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  Cloutier’s Canada Corner
Sugar Hill: "Stevenson Is The Most
Dangerous Puncher On The Planet"

By Daniel Cloutier

TORONTO, Ontario - Sugar Hill, Adonis Stevenson’s trainer, has no doubt in his mind: his fighter will be the big winner May 19th in the ring of the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Stevenson (29-1-0), a Montrealer southpaw, will proceed to the ninth defense of his WBC light heavyweight (175 pounds) championship of the world, in facing the former WBA champion of the world, the Swedish African Badou Jack (22-1-2).

“Adonis is always perfectly prepared for a defense on his world title, mentally, physically and strategically”, said the trainer from Detroit, Michigan. “No doubt in my mind, Adonis will be the big winner May 19th. Adonis is the most dangerous puncher on the planet, and you will see, he will hurt his opponent each time he will connected him with a power shot. And Adonis is always connecting his power shots at the right time. He is so good to disturb the opponent with his jabs and hooks, and after, the big punches are coming.”

Hill saw Badou Jack in action few times. “Badou Jack is a good fighter, no doubt about it, but he will realize in few days how much it's difficult to fight the most explosive and destructive puncher in the world,” said Hill. “If Badou Jack has been hurt by Derek Edwards in 2014, he will certainly be hurt by Adonis.”

So far, only Edwards (27-8-1), a fighter from Las Vegas, has been able to beat Badou Jack. He provoked two knockdowns and won by TKO in the first round.

Stevenson does not look nervous at all at few days of this fight with Badou Jack. “I am perfectly prepared for this fight, mentally, physically and strategically, then, I have absolutely no reason to be nervous,” said Stevenson. “Badou Jack is persuaded that he will surprise me May 19th, he thinks he is a better fighter technically than me, but if one of us get a bad surprise May 19th, it will be him, not me. I will fight intelligently, i will use my jabs at the right moments and my power shots at the right moments. Like I said recently, if Derek Edwards has been able to stop Badou Jack in provoking two knockdowns in this bout, do you think seriously that Jack will have an easy game with me? Come on! I know I have the weapons to hurt him. I know I am the most powerful puncher of the light heavyweight division. I really believe I gonna win this fight by KO or TKO.”

Since he as the statute of WBC light heavyweight champion of the world, Stevenson won six of his eight world championships bouts by KO or TKO.

Only the American Polish Andrzej Fonfara (29-5-0) and the Australian Sakio Bika (34-7-3) avoided KO or TKO against Stevenson in world championships bouts. Both lost by unanimous decision of the judges.
The promoter of the GYM Group, Yvon Michel, has no doubt: Stevenson will keep his title May 19th.

“It will be a very interesting fight, because Badou Jack is efficient technically and he has a good experience on the international boxing scene,” said Yvon Michel. “However, Adonis is extremely motivated and determinate to keep his world title. I am agree with Sugar Hill, Adonis is actually the best puncher pound for pound in the world. I really believe we will have great action in this fight, but Adonis will be in the winning corner. Adonis is always perfectly prepared for the defence of his world title, and he never lost a world title fight. And if Badou Jack attacked intensively May 19th, like several people believe he will do, he will certainly give opportunities to Adonis to connect his power shots. And Adonis never missed a chance to hurt an opponent.”

More the big moment is close, more Stevenson looks happy to fight at the Air Canada Centre. “It’s always a big thrill for me to fight in Montréal, in my city, but it will be also a big thrill to fight in Toronto,” said Stevenson. “Toronto is the most important sport city in Canada, with professionals teams in baseball, football, basket-ball hockey and soccer, then, it will be very special for me to win a significant bout in this major sports city. However, if Sergey Kovalev wins against Eleider Alvarez August 4th in Atlantic City, I want absolutely to fight him in an unification titles bout (WBC and WBO), and I want absolutely to dispute this major fight in Montréal.”

And If Alvarez (23-0-0) wins against Kovalev (32-2-1)? “If Alvarez wins, I am ready to face him in an unification titles bout,” said Stevenson. “But, apparently, Alvarez is not interested anymore to face me.”

Alvarez said: “I have been the mandatory challenger for the WBC light heavyweight championship of the world for more than two years, and Stevenson never gave me an opportunity to face him. Never! I will beat Kovalev August 4th, and my message for Stevenson will be… you, go to hell!.”


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