Source: Bad Left Hook
RING and WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson weighed in at 173.5 pounds compared to 174.5 for Andrzej Fonfara, against whom he will defend his titles at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec on Showtime.
The 5-foot-11 Stevenson (23-1, 20 knockouts), 36, takes a run of 13-1, with 13 knockouts in his past 14 fights against Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs), 26, having stopped 10 consecutive opponents since being knocked out by Darnell Boone in April 2010.
Fonfara brings a run of 15 straight victories, 12 by knockout, into the clash and was last in action during December’s second-round knockout of Samuel Miller that followed a ninth-round stoppage of ex-beltholder Gabriel Campillo in August.
Fonfara last suffered defeat against Derrick Findley by second-round stoppage in July 2008 but did not blink during Friday’s nose-to-nose post-weigh staredown with Stevenson, whom he vowed will get knocked out for the second time in his career.
“This is not the first time that people come here and say the same thing. But it will be the same thing for me, a knockout. [Late Hall of Fame trainer] Emanuel Steward always said that knockouts sell and that’s what I’m going to bring,” said Stevenson.
“It will be another exciting fight and aother exciting knockout. It will be an exciting fight and I will win again by knockout. It will be my first time on Showtime, so Showtime will see my ‘Superman’ punch.”
In victory over Fonfara, Stevenson hopes to set up a potential showdown with 49-year-old Bernard Hopkins, who was in action last month with a majority decision victory over Beibut Shumenov, adding the WBA belt to Hopkins’ IBF title.
“I’m not overlooking Fonfara. I’m focused on Fonfara,” said Stevenson. “I’m not talking about Bernard Hopkins because now, it’s fight time on Showtime and that will be against Fonfara. I’m thinking only of Andrzej Fonfara, so don’t go and drink a beer because it will be quick.”
Fonfara also promised a quick fight but with himself being the victor.
“I have a lot of fans and supporters here. A lot of my fans have come here to Montreal to support me. Tomorrow night, I’m going to fight for them and win for them. I think that Adonis is focused on the fight tomorrow and it will be a great show,” said Fonfara.
“For sure, it will be a fight with heavy punches. Stevenson has a good punch and I think that you will see a knockout for sure. I can use that if I feel pressure and I’m motivated, then I will show everybody tomorrow that I will be the new champion.”
For the co-main event, 25-year-old middleweight David Lemieux (31-2, 29 KOs) weighed 159.5 to 159 for Fernando Guerrero (26-2, 19 KOs).
“Fernando better be ready for the biggest fight of his life. I’m coming in strong and I’m at my strongest of my abilities. I’ve never been so strong in my entire career. I feel great, especially now that the weigh-in is done,” said Lemieux, who is riding a six-fight winning streak that includes five knockouts.
“I always feel that the weigh-in is the hardest part of the camp. Now that the weigh-in is done, here comes the fun part. May 24 is going to be an awesome night and I can’t wait to box. I can’t say anything in the perspective about how Guerrero will come at me but I know one thing: once I land my shots, Guerrero will not take my shots.”
Guerrero is a 27-year-old whose unanimous decision over Raymond Gatica in November helped him rebound from being dropped four times during his seventh-round stoppage loss to WBO middleweight titleholder Peter Quillin in April of last year.
“Fernando Guerrero is going to win. We’ve trained hard. This is the best camp that I’ve ever had in my life. We always train hard but every time, we’ve gotten better,” said Guerrero, whose loss to Quillin ended a streak of four straight wins, three by knockout.
“We’re smarter, better, stronger and we’re going to use all of that. Not just one thing, we’re going to use everything. I think Lemieux is a great fighter but he’s going against me, so I’m a better fighter. I think that I know that I have a lot of knockout power and I’m willing to take it as much as I give it, so I’m willing to do both. I can take it and I can give it.”
For their junior middleweight bout, Jermell Charlo (23-0, 11 KOs) and Charlie Ota (24-1-1, 16 KOs) weighed 153.75 and 153, respectively.
“The thing about being elite is that you have to step into the ring whenever you have to and that’s no matter who [you’re against],” said Charlo. “If you want to make it to the top, you’ve got to be willing to fight anybody and that’s the way that I feel right now. I expect an excellent performance. I’m going for a grade ‘A.’ We talked about that before.”
Source: The Ring
Declaring himself “a knockout artist,” Canadian middleweight David Lemieux said he expects rival Fernando Guerrero “to take my head off” when they meet on Saturday’s in support of RING and WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson’s defense against Andrzej Fonfara on Showtime from Bell Centre in Montreal.
Lemieux (31-2, 29 knockouts), 25, takes his six-fight winning streak that includes five knockouts into his bout with Guerrero (26-2, 19 KOs), 27, a southpaw and former title challenger.
Lemieux has been on a tear since suffering consecutive losses to Marco Antonio Rubio by seventh-round stoppage in April 2011 and via majority decision to Joachim Alcine in December 2011. He was last in action for a seventh-round TKO of Jose Miguel Torres in November.
“I’m a knockout artist. Every fight I go into, I expect a knockout and I’m feeling the strongest I’ve ever felt since the beginning. I expect [Guerrero] to take my head off, so I will be ready for whatever. I’m not scared,” said Lemieux, during Thursday’s final press conference.
“I expect the same punishment that I give to my opponents. I want to knock him out, so I expect the same thing from him. I’m not worried. Whatever he brings to the table, I’ll adjust and I’ll be victorious.”
Guerrero’s unanimous decision over Raymond Gatica in November helped him rebound from being dropped four times during his seventh-round stoppage loss to WBO middleweight titleholder Peter Quillin in April of last year. The loss to Quillin ended a streak of four straight wins, three by knockout for Guerrero, whose other loss was by fourth-round stoppage to Grady Brewer in June 2011.
Guerrero said he has no problem making the trek abroad.
“We’ve fought in Canada before in the amateurs and I won both times. I’m 2-0 in Canada. I’m not worried about fighting in front of his hometown fans. I’ve grown since the loss to Quillin. I had one of the worst camps of my life for that fight and I wasn’t mentally or emotionally prepared. We just have to move on and not have any emotions in there for this fight. Lemieux and I have a lot of similarities. We both have two losses. I consider myself a puncher just like him. He’s strong; I’m strong. He’s fast; I’m fast. He has heart; I have heart,” said Guerrero.
“We’ll get in there and see what happens. One of us will likely walk out with a third loss and I’ve done everything I can to make sure that it isn’t me. Once we step in the ring, there aren’t any excuses. If I win, it’s because I prepared as hard as I could. If I lose, it’s because I didn’t give it my all. I’ve seen a lot of his fights. We’ve done our homework. We know what he does well and we also know his weaknesses. But I never give up. I have the will to fight.”
JERMELL CHARLO-CHARLIE OTA
Stevenson-Fonfara will also be supported by Jermell Charlo (23-0, 11 KOs) opposite Charlie Ota (24-1-1, 16 KOs).
The twin brother of Jermall Charlo, Jermell was last in action for a unanimous decision over former title challenger Gabriel Rosado in January. In Ota, Charlo faces a 32-year-old who is coming off a majority decision win over Mike Ruiz in November.
“In camp, we worked on so many different things and we’re ready for whatever Charlie is going to bring. He’s 5-foot-6 and I’m 5-foot-11