TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY FOR ADONIS STEVENSON, DONOVAN GEORGE ON SATURDAY, AUG. 11, LIVE ON SHOWTIME
Winner Of IBF Elimination Bout Becomes Mandatory Challenger To Champion Carl Froch;
Tavoris Clouds Risks IBF Light Heavy Belt Against Ex-Titleholder Jean Pascal in Main Event
From Bell Centre In Montreal, Canada; SHOWTIME Telecast Begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT
NEW YORK (July
23, 2012) -- With a shot at International Boxing Federation (IBF)
champion Carl Froch on the line, hard-hitting, world-ranked super
middleweights Adonis "Superman" Stevenson, (18-1, 15 KOs) of Montreal, Canada, and Chicago's Donovan "Da Bomb'' George (22-2-1, 19 KOs) will clash in an IBF elimination bout titled "Shock Wave In Montreal'' on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on Saturday, Aug. 11, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
The important 12-rounder at Bell Centre in Montreal, the SHOWTIME debut for both offensive-minded sluggers, will precede what is potentially the light heavyweight division's best matchup in years between two young fighters in their prime when undefeated Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs), of Tallahassee, Fla., defends his IBF crown against former WBC belt-holder Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) of Montreal.
34-year-old Stevenson, is one of the most feared and avoided super
middleweights in the world and one of the most dangerous punchers in the
sport. He's won his last five rounds by knockout, including a
second-round TKO over Noe Gonzalez last April 20 in Montreal.
27-year-old George has won two of his last three, the loss coming in his
most recent outing on a close, hard-fought 10-round decision against
undefeated Edwin Rodriguez on March 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Stevenson, who was
born in Haiti and moved to Montreal when he was five-years-old, turned
pro at the age of 29 on Sept. 30, 2006, and won his first five starts by
knockout. In his 14th outing and United States debut, he lost by
shocking second-round TKO to Darnell Boone on April 16, 2010, in Salisbury, Md.
But since the
startling setback, Stevenson has made a major impression on the
division. Two outings ago, in his debut with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward,
he produced an early candidate for Knockout of the Year by registering a
devastating one-punch (straight left), 99-second, first-round knockout
over Jesus Gonzalez on April 8, 2011, in Montreal.
physically strong Stevenson, who credits Steward with improving his
footwork and refining his technique, is primed to continue his assault
through the division.
"People know what to expect from me,'' said Stevenson, who was nicknamed 'Superman' in the amateurs. "They know I'm
a power puncher, and that I'm fast, I have a good defense and I have
skill. I fight aggressively. Fans like that. Fans want action. They want
knockouts. That's what I give them.''
George leaped at the
opportunity to face southpaw Stevenson, the IBF's top contender and one
of Montreal's most popular prizefighters, after several notable super
middleweights, including Andre Dirrell, Mikkel Kessler, Thomas Oosthuizen, James DeGale, Kelly Pavlik and Sakio Bika either withdrew after agreeing or just flat-out declined to face a power puncher coming off a series of sensational knockouts .
"This is a monster
shot I'm getting,'' said George, who figures to come out fast. "To be
able to fight on the biggest stage is great and I'm thankful to all who
made it happen. I know all about fighting on the road so it doesn't
matter that we're fighting in Montreal. There should be a great
atmosphere at Bell Centre.
"I know that this has
been a tough fight to make after so many passed on the fight. But I'm
glad to take the challenge. Stevenson is very talented, comes to fight,
and has a big punch. But I'll be very well prepared and willing to go to
war in what is the biggest fight of my career. I know it's going to be a
grueling fight and I know it's going to come down to conditioning and
basically who can take the better punch. Adonis is a big puncher, but so
am I, so I think it's going to be a very explosive fight.
"There's no secret to
how I'll fight. I'm going to throw big punches and I'm going to try to
knock him out. I'll try to add a little boxing to my slugging -- I
always try to do that -- but when the bell rings, I forget about it.
This is a big stage, a big audience, and I want to just look great.
There's no way it can't be a great fight.''
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