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Adonis Stevenson: "I Always Try To Win
By KO And I Will Certainly Try On May 19th"

By Daniel Cloutier

MONTRÉAL - The Montrealer Adonis Stevenson has the conviction that he will realize a ninth successful defense of his WBC light heavyweight championship of the world next month. Stevenson (29-1-0) will fight the former WBA champion of the world, the Swedish African Badou Jack (22-1-2) May 19th in the ring of Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

“I was impatient to get the confirmation of my fight with Badou Jack, and finally, I got it few days ago,” said Stevenson Wednesday afternoon in a press conference held at the Taverne Moderne, a bar located beside the Bell Centre in Montréal downtown. “Jack is a tough opponent, he is aggressive, he is a fighter with a good experience on the international boxing scene, he proved his talent in becoming WBA world champion last year, but I will certainly try to knock him out May 19th. I always try to win by KO or TKO. I know I will keep my WBC crown May 19th, but i don’t expect an easy fight. I am sure Badou Jack will do everything possible to dethrone me. I will fight with concentration ans intensity from the beginning to the end, and do the necessary to be in the winning's corner.”

Badou Jack lost his only fight in 2014 at the Turning Stone Casino in New York State, by TKO in the 10th round against Derek Edwards (27-8-1), a fighter from Las Vegas. Jack has been victim of two knockdowns in this bout.

“I am extremely impatient to see how Badou Jack will react when I will connect him with my power shots,” said Stevenson. “I know I am the most powerful puncher of the light heavyweight division. And I always connected my power punches at the right moment. If Derek Edwards has been able to hurt Badou Jack, I will certainly do it. I will test his head and his body with my hooks.”

Stevenson does not look frustrated to see the fight move from Bell Centre in Montréal to the Air Canada Centre Toronto. “The fight will be in Toronto, yes, and it’s not my decision,” said Stevenson. “If the promoters has decided to present the bout at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, I guess it’s a simple question of business. On my side, I need to get a perfect preparation, mentally, physically and strategically, to deliver a perfect performance May 19th.”

Yvon Michel, the promoter of the GYM Group, said that his partner in this boxing show, Lee Baxter, has decided to move the show from Montréal to Toronto. “Toronto did not present a world championship bout since long time, then, it was the perfect moment to do it”, said Baxter.

Few days ago, the Montrealer Colombian Eleider Alvarez (23-0-0) said to the Montréal medias: “It’s official now, I will fight the WBO light heavyweight champion of the world, Sergey Kovalev, next summer, and it’s fabulous. I was the WBC mandatory challenger since more than two years, and Adonis Stevenson found always an excuse to avoid me. Then, I will beat Kovalev and become the new WBO champion of the world, but I will never face Stevenson for the unification of the WBC and WBO 175 pounds world titles. Stevenson never gave me my chance to fight for a world title, I will always ignore him in the future.”

Stevenson replied: “If Kovalev keeps his WBO title, I will certainly challenge him for the unification of the WBC and WBO world titles. Alvarez? If he wins the bout, I will be ready to fight him to unify the tiles, but apparently, he is not interested anymore to fight me, what can I do?”

Stevenson is 40 years old since September. We can presume that if he fights Kovalev for the unification of the WBC and the WBO 175 pounds world titles before the end of the year, it will be his last presence in the ring. But at this point, Stevenson is refusing to talk about retirement.


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