By John J. Raspanti, DoghouseBoxing. “Da Bomb” always comes to fight.
Moving forward and throwing powerful punches, Donovan George is a
throwback to the 1950's when a fighter’s defense was merely an
On October 12 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, George (23-2, 20 KOs) faces
hard punching Adonis Stevenson (18-1, 15 KOs) in a 12-round super
middleweight contest. The fight is without doubt the most challenging of
the 27-year-olds career to date.
“This fight will make or break me,” George told this writer. “I need to
show everyone I can fight at a high level. I will do anything to win
George has a good idea what Stevenson, ranked number two by the IBF in
the super middleweight division, will bring to their fight.
“I know he is a big puncher and he comes to fight,” said George matter-of-factly.
Born in Chicago,Ill, fighting has been in his blood since his infancy.
“Boxing has always been a big part of my life,” said George. “My farther
was a boxer in the 1970's. We always had all the fights on TV.
“My dad would come home from work and let my brothers and me spar in the basement since we were very young kids.”
George didn’t look for trouble as a young man, but it sometimes found him. Fighting came very natural.
“I was in a few fights in my younger years,” George said. “I remember
when I would think I was going to fight some kid from class. The night
before I would practice on the heavy bag at home and get myself ready to
“I really did enjoy it,” he says laughing.
George also excelled in baseball. For a time he thought the major
leagues was his calling. However, boxing always beckoned. The individual
aspect of the sport has always appealed to him.
“Boxing is the only sport were you only need to count on yourself,” said
the International Boxing Federation's tenth ranked super middleweight.
“I don't need to rely on my teammates to win or lose the game. It's just
“All the glory or failure is on me.”
In July 2010, George suffered his first defeat at the hands of Francisco Sierra. The loss shocked everyone, including George.
“Everything that could have gone wrong did, I was hurt very badly before
the fight,” George said. “I never should have got in the ring. But I
was young and dumb.
“I underestimated him and over estimated myself.”
The brutality of boxing can be a learning experience for young fighters. George takes this to heart.
“Lesson learned,” said George. “Never enter the ring under one hundred percent.”
George’s other loss was to talented fighter Edwin Rodriguez six months ago. “Da Bomb” wants a rematch.
“I would love to fight him again,” he said. “After the fight we got to
know each other pretty well. He is a great kid with a wonderfull family.
I hope we can fight one day for some good money to help our families.”
Last week on ESPN'S Friday Night Fights, George stopped game Dioniso
Miranda in the sixth round. The bombs were launced and landing.
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