WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson is closing in on his eagerly-anticipated Showtime debut this weekend and has a big knockout statement on his mind.
The 36 year-old, who has scored ten stoppages on the spin, faces Poland’s Andrzej Fonfara in the third defence of his title and has no plans to go the distance with the challenger.
“I’m very focused for this fight. I’m not overlooking him. I know he’s going to be ready and I’m training for just him. I take it one fight at a time and I will take care of business. I’m ready for this fight.
“I’m not here to lose. I’m a champion and I’m here to win. By knockout. That’s it and I’m not concerned about anything else.
“I’m gonna knock him out. That’s what I’m going to do. I don’t know his game plan. I’m going to knock him out.
“When you used to watch Mike Tyson fight, you knew someone was going to get knocked out. That’s what is going to happen on SHOWTIME. Somebody’s going to get knocked out.”
Fonfara, 26, has himself halted twelve of his last thirteen opponents and has 15 KO’s from his 25 wins. The former IBO title holder is unfancied to produce a similar result to what Stevenson did against Chad Dawson to claim the title, but there is no doubt he is a danger.
A unification fight with Bernard Hopkins could conceivably be next for whoever prevails on the night, although Stevenson, who switched to Showtime whilst on the verge of a fight with Sergey Kovalev, would not take the bait when asked if ‘The Alien’ was on his agenda this year.
“You know, I want to be a legend and I want to be on par with all the boxing legends so that gives me a lot of motivation to push my body very, very hard and at a high level and keep training and focus fight by fight. I’m very motivated.
“It’s not about ducking, it’s about business. I don’t have a problem fighting Kovalev. I have a feeling that Yvon Michel will one day make that happen.
“(As for Hopkins), I don’t care about Hopkins now. Fonfara is in front of me, and that’s it. After the fight we can talk about Hopkins,” he said.
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