The main players in the opening act of the “Fast & Furious 3.0” series for the 2012-2013 season are in town for this Friday night’s (Oct. 12) event at the Bell Centre, slugger Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (18-1, 15 KOs), of Longueuil, takes on brawler Donovan "Da Bomb" George (23-2-1, 20 KOs), of Chicago, Illinois, in the main event.
The winner will become the mandatory challenger to the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight champion, Englishman Carl Froch. Stevenson returned to Montreal this past Sunday from his Detroit training camp with his cornermen, Dereck Colemon and Jayvan Hill.
"It is unfortunate for George because I’m hungry and I’m getting my rage on him,” Stevenson said. “It will hurt Friday when I am victorious. I want to dedicate this fight to my trainer, Emanuel Steward, who is still hospitalized. I know what a triumph means for my career, so my mind is totally focused on my opponent.”
George, a 27-year-old American, held his training camp in Florida. He respects his opponent but he is unabashed, "Stevenson is dangerous at the start of fights but he is not invincible. When we find ourselves fighting past the eighth round, I’ll be in my comfort zone. I put everything I have on the line for this fight, I will fight with all my energy and I’ll win decisively. I will be the next No. 1 contender.”
George has been in Montreal since Monday, along with her father and coach, Peter George, and his promoter,Leon Margules, of Warriors Promotions, who has no doubt about the outcome of this battle: "We are very excited about this opportunity for Don. It’s been a fight he wants and he is confident of victory by knockout. I want to thank Yvon Michel and everyone at GYM for their hospitality.”
The “Fast & Furious Series 3.0” at the Bell Centre is a co-presentation of Mise-O-Jeu and Videotron. In addition to Friday night’s show, the other reserved series dates are December 14, February 8 and May 3.
Stevenson won his last five fights by knockout against opponents with an impressive, combined record of 107-8. In his most recent appearance in the ring, last April at the Bell Centre, he stopped Noah Gonzalez (28-1, 20 KOs) in the second round to capture the World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Championship. Stevenson is world ranked No. 2 by the IBF.
George, who has never been knockout, surprised the world-class boxer Cornelius White (16-0, 15 KOs) with a stunning first-round knockout in February of 2011. On March 17 of this year, George made his debut on HBO and despite his defeat by 10-round decision, he imposed his rhythm to fight, while Edwin Rodriguez(21-0, 14 KOs) avoided combat to save himself with a victory by points (96-94, 97-93 and 99-91).
Powerful 23-year-old Laval boxer David Lemieux (26-2, 25 KOs) returns in the 10-round co-feature against tough Mexican fighter Alvaro "The Cobra" Gaona (15-1, 12 KOs), the WBC Fecombox champion since 2010 and professional since 2005. He is reputed to be hard hitting, aggressive and courageous as indicated by his 12 knockouts in 15 wins.
In addition, aspiring world light heavyweight title challenger Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (9-0, 5 KOs) andwelterweight Kevin Bizier (17-0, 12 KOs) have very important battles on the horizon next year. First, though, NABO champion Alvarez faces Hungarian Daniel Regi (15-6, 7 KOs) in an eight-round match on the undercard, while NABA title-holder Bizier confronts Polish Litkiewicz Patrick (6-0, 3 KOs) in a six-round bout.
Undefeated GYM heavyweight prospects Oscar "Kaboom" Rivas (11-0, 6 KOs) and Didier "Big Daddy" Bence (5-0-0, 2KO), respectively, face Joey Dawejko (7-1-1, 3 KOs), of Philadelphia, andHarold Sconiers (18-24-2, 11 KOs), of Florida, in eight and six round fights. Last but not least, London, England-based John O’Donnell (25-2, 11 KOs), a protégé of Adam Harris of Hennessy Sports Canada, will battle Dominican Thomas Mendez (16-2, 9 KOs) in an eight rounder.