Stevenson says he’s the man to beat, will take care of Kovalev once Bika is KO’d

Pascal Huot

Adonis Stevenson is fully confident that another knockout is on the horizon as the WBC light heavyweight champion prepares to defend his title against fledgling 175lber Sakio Bika next month.

The 37 year-old, who has beaten every man he has faced in the ring, puts his green belt on the line for the fifth time at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec on April 4 and expects become the first to stop ‘The Scorpion’ in 42 contests.

“Sakio Bika is a tough opponent. He will come to fight and he is very hungry. He has never been knocked out and I am taking him very seriously,” Stevenson exclusively told World Boxing News.

“I don’t feel under any pressure to get the knockout, but simply that I have to give my best. The knockout will come when I see the opening, but I am ready to go the twelve rounds if I need to.”

Divisional rival Sergey Kovalev impressed earlier this month with a crushing victory over Jean Pascal to defend all three of his title belts, although Stevenson intends to challenge the big-hitting Russian once Bika is out of the way.

“I am the man to beat in the division. It does not matter how many belts Kovalev has,” he stated. “He did a good performance against Hopkins, but he is 50 years old. If Hopkins would had fought me I would have had the three belts too.

“At this moment, I have only Bika on my mind and ending the fight with my usual knockout. I am not thinking about Kovalev. But after the fight I will take care of Kovalev,” confirmed Stevenson.

Stevenson last appeared in December when ‘Superman’ halted Russian Dmitry Sukhotsky in five rounds to keep his KO ratio above 80 percent.