Interview/photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
There’s no better fighter to talk about upcoming WBC light heavyweight championship between Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (23-1, 20 KO) and Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (25-2, 15 KO) than Donovan George. “Da Bomb” fought Stevenson, and training and living in Chicago has a unique insight into Fonfara’s career. “Nobody hits harder than Stevenson,” said George in a Fightnews.com interview. “He is the best light heavyweight in the world. At least until May 24.” The Stevenson-Fonfara WBC light heavyweight championship clash is promoted by Yvon Michel/GYM and will be televised live by Showtime.
You endured almost 12 hard rounds with Stevenson in Montreal. He dominated but fans will never forget your words to your Dad and trainer, “If you stop this fight, I will never speak with you again.”
Donovan George: Yes, I said that to my Dad. This fight was tough, very tough. Adonis was at his best. I can’t say the same about my performance. He’s a great fighter, a complete package with power and explosiveness. Nobody hits harder. I know what I’m talking about. I did spend some time with Kovalev in the ring. Stevenson hits hard every time. No matter where he hits you – it hurts. I was pissing blood for a month after this fight. For a week I could not imagine standing up in the morning. If I could offer advice to Andrzej Fonfara, it would start with this: forget that the ring has ropes. Never go near them, trying to block punches because Stevenson’s punches will eventually go through. Even if not, he will purposely want to hurt your arms, to make you more vulnerable for later rounds. This is the way he fights.
DG: He risks a lot. Sometimes he leaves himself open, especially open for right hand. I got him a couple of times. Fonfara will also have his opportunities. Andrzej has long reach, is taller, hits very hard with both hands. He’ll have risk it too, but this is boxing for the title. You have to. Stevenson is a much better fighter if let him do his thing, get relaxed. It’s different when you pressure him, when he feels your punches. Andrzej Fonfara is a boxing light heavyweight elite. He’s very strong, almost 10 years younger, has almost reached his potential. He could be in the history books, being a world champion in the great times of the light heavyweight division, with fighters like Stevenson, Kovalev and Hopkins fighting.
What else can Fonfara expect in Montreal?
DG: Unbelievable fans. They love Stevenson, he’s their guy. And all his crew, promoter Yvon Michel, others – they are really good boxing guys. But the fans are fanatical – before and after the fight. Never before or after was I booed harder then walking to the ring in the Bell Centre. Don’t get me wrong, Montreal knows boxing. They’ll applaud a rival’s heart, character and skills – but they will support their guy first. Everybody in Montreal will be cheering for Stevenson, everybody in Chicago will be behind Andrew. Great fight.