Stevenson: Karpency ranked nine, not a pizza delivery guy!

Phil Jay 20/08/2015

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson has moved to defend his choice of Tommy Karpency following questions of his own criticism of Sergey Kovalev’s recent victory.

Stevenson labelled Nadjib Mohammedi a ‘pizza delivery guy’ in a recent article on WBN, although faced some responses from fans to his own clash against ex-world champion Karpency on September 11.

‘Superman’ is happy with his final decision, but is still fully confident that a stoppage win is on the cards in Toronto next month when Stevenson puts his belt on the line for the sixth time.

“I am excited to fight Tommy Karpency at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto and in front of boxing legend Lennox Lewis. I always said that I wanted to fight there,” Stevenson told World Boxing News.

“As for the fight, Karpency said he was Kryptonite…but he won’t get the better of Superman! That simply won’t happen. I will win by KO! But make no mistake, I don’t take him lightly.

“Everybody is underestimating him. He was the underdog against Chad Dawson and he won. Those fighters from the Philadelphia area are tough. And he’s ranked #9 in the world (by the WBC). He is not a pizza delivery guy.”

Should Stevenson come through Karpency, as expected, a rematch with Andrzej Fonfora or an encounter with Isaac Chilemba could follow after the WBC set a final eliminator, although the 37 year-old doesn’t seem too fussed about who opposes him in the future.

“I would fight everybody,” he added bluntly.