|Watch Boxing: Friday Night Fights season finale - Don "Da Bomb" George vs Adonis "Superman" Stevenson
By Media Report (Aug 3, 2012) Doghouse Boxing
Superman to Face Da Bomb on August 17
Friday, August 17, at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma,
Warriors Boxing, Group Yvon Michel and Tony Holden Productions will
proudly present a blockbuster night of boxing that will also serve as
the ESPN Friday Night Fights season finale for 2012 at 10 PM Eastern on
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.
Canada, the event will be presented on PPV at Canal Indigo and Bell TV
with the telecast starting at 9:00 PM/ET, featuring highlights of Adonis
Stevenson's last few fights, until picking up the ESPN telecast at
the 12-round super middleweight main event, Chicago puncher Don "Da
Bomb" George (22-2-1, 19 KOs) will take on the equally explosive Adonis
"Superman" Stevenson (18-1, 15 KOs) from Longueuil, Quebec via Haiti, with a chance to face IBF champion Carl Froch on the line.
in the co-feature, Chicago's would-be #1 contender "King" Carlos Molina
(19-5-2, 6 KOs) returns from one of the most controversial fights of
2012 to take on Miami's Damian "Devo" Frias (19-4-1, 10 KOs).
Stevenson vs. George fight had originally been scheduled to take place
as the co-main event of the Tavoris Cloud/Jean Pascal card on August 11.
However, an injury to Pascal forced that event's cancellation and
created the opportunity to move the fight to the Buffalo Run and to
so, the impressive 2012 ESPN Friday Night Fights season will end with a
puncher's duel between two of the top 168-lb fighters in the world
competing for a title shot against Froch.
there is an actual silver lining in the sport of boxing. When the
original Friday Night Fights August 17 card fell apart due to injuries,
it was through the collective efforts of Leon Margules, Yvon Michel,
Luis DeCubas, Tony Holden and ESPN that we were able to quickly mobilize
efforts and present Friday Night Fights fans with a spectacular season
finale," said Doug Loughrey, Programming Director of Boxing at ESPN.
"This is a prime example of promoters, fighters, mangers and ESPN
working together to service the boxing fan."
want to thank Doug Loughrey from ESPN, who had the vision of bringing
this great fight to his network, as well as Leon Margules, the promoter
of Don George, who was extremely cooperative making this happen," said
Stevenson's promoter, Yvon Michel (GYM). "I also have a great deal of
respect for Adonis Stevenson and Don George, who both have never
hesitated to jump on this opportunity, showing the kind of confidence
they both have. For us, it is a great opportunity to show the world that
Adonis 'Superman' Stevenson is for real. He will prove without any
doubt that he is not a 'homer' and can perform on any platform on the
Margules, event co-promoter and President of Warriors Boxing, echoed
Michel's sentiments. "Doug Loughrey was the driving force behind
bringing this fight to ESPN and once the leather starts flying in this
terrific fight, it'll be him ESPN boxing fans can thank. I feel
tremendous pride that we were all able to get together and make this
southpaw Stevenson has been on an impressive tear lately, winning the
NABA, NABO, IBF Inter-Continental and WBC Silver Super Middleweight
championships while scoring five highlight-reel knockouts.
to Stevenson's famed trainer Emanuel Steward, the fight is a "can't
miss" barn burner. "I know George. He was in Detroit at Andy Lee's
training camp in June. He is young, extremely strong, and dedicated. One
thing for sure it will be bombs away in this fight, as Adonis is also a
strong homerun hitter. This is the kind a fight all boxing fans are
delighted to watch, and my prediction is there will be a knockout for
sure. Don't miss it!"
of course, is happy with the sudden turnaround "I was very disappointed
of the postponement from August 11. I was gearing myself for some time
in September but, as soon as my promoter and my manager told me about
August 17, the adrenaline started flowing again. I am anxious to qualify
as the No. 1 contender to fight the IBF champion Carl Froch. I know
George will be ready for a war and this is what he will have. I can
knock him out in Montreal, in his hometown of Chicago, and in Oklahoma
George had a two-fight KO streak going and won the USBA championship
before running into a very careful boxing Edwin Rodriguez and losing a
close 10-round decision in their high-profile showdown last March.
thought I'd have to wait till the end of September and that would have
been brutal, so I'm glad all the promoters and ESPN got together to make
this happen," said George. "It's a great opportunity for both of us."
George says the reason he has wanted this fight so bad has nothing to do with seeing weakness in Stevenson.
don't necessarily see a flaw in him. I'm just confident in myself.
Stylistically, I like this fight. He's not going to run. He's a puncher
too, so I'm just going to go out there and fight my fight and I know I
hard luck Molina was last seen in March in a battle against Texas
slugger James Kirkland for the WBC Continental Americas light
middleweight title, as well as a WBC Light Middleweight Semi-Final
the fight handily, Molina was unexpectedly knocked down in round 10. A
mix-up between cornermen and commission officials led to one of Molina's
cornermen entering the ring prematurely. This opened the door for the
oft-criticized Texas Commission to disqualify Molina in one of the most
inexplicable and controversial calls of the year.
that, Molina has suffered controversial outcomes in fights he deserved
to win against top contenders Erislandy Lara and Mike Alvarado, as well
as in two highly debatable fights against now-world champion Julio Cesar
Frias, a Cuban now living in Miami, is a talented fighter who didn't
even start boxing until age 25. However, having worked with
world-renowned trainers such as Orlando Cuellar and John David Jackson,
he has quickly molded into a world-class foe with an intelligent style
that is difficult to beat. Frias had been plagued by inactivity
throughout his career, but came back to life in 2011, with four ring
appearances. He was last seen stopping 22-1-1 Henry Crawford in nine
Undercard and ticket information for this fantastic event will be released shortly.
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