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Q&A: Donovan George

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Ed Mulholland

Fightnews spoke to Chicago-based super middleweight Donovan “Da Bomb” George, who rates his win over Osumanu Adama his best professional victory. George (23-3-1, 20 KOs) also talks about his wins over Cornelius White and Dionsio Miranda and losses to Edwin Rodriguez and Adonis Stevenson, as well as his February 1st bout with James Cooke.

How is your training for your February 1st bout against James Cooke in Chicago? Are you expecting a tough fight? What do you know about Cooke?

Training is going great. My dad put together a good camp, my weight is down, and I’m feeling very good. Cooke will come to fight. He won’t just lay down. I’m prepared for whatever he brings into the ring.

You have scored several impressive victories including a ten round points victory over world IBF #6 middleweight Osumanu Adama in 2010. He had only lost one fight with seventeen wins. Tell me about that fight.

Adama was one bad ass dude. At that point in my career I never fought a guy who just kept on coming and punching from all angles. I still consider that night my best win as a pro.

Your one round KO over the currently rated WBC #7, WBA #5, IBF #7, WBO #5 light heavyweight Cornelius White in 2011 was also impressive. White was unbeaten in 16 fights. Tell me about that fight.

As everyone knows I was brought in that night to lose and get knocked out. I was coming off a bad loss and then I get the call to fight a monster 16-0 15 KOs. I caught him with a bomb and there was no way I wasn’t finishing him.

You dropped a ten round decision to Edwin Rodriguez in 2012 who is unbeaten in 21 fights. Judge Don Ackerman scored 96-94. Was is a close fight? How good is the highly regarded Rodriguez?

Edwin fought the perfect fight against me. He didn’t take any chances or risk. I take my hat off to him. I never could have stuck to the game plan like that. The fight was not close, just a very boring one, I wouldn’t rewatch it.

Dionsio Miranda was KO’d in six rounds by you. He is a former world rated middleweight. Your thoughts on Miranda?

I did what I had to do. I would say he is at the very tail end of his career. But he is one tough Columbian that could punch.

Your most recent fight was against IBF #1 Adonis Stevenson in an IBF eliminator. Tell me about this fight. How good is Stevenson?

Steveson is the hardest puncher I ever faced. The man is very strong and hit like a mule. I’m not sure if he will win a world title, but I think he can knock anyone out with one punch.

You were a Chicago Golden Gloves champion. Tell me about your amateur career.

I was a three-time Chicago Golden Glove champion, 147, 178, 165. Winning the Golden Gloves is one of my greatest achievements.

You are trained by your father Pete. Has he trained you for all your fights? Tell me about your relationship.

My father and I have a great relationship. It always helps to have someone you trust in your corner. He is a very smart guy. I know he will protect me. Of course there are times when we want to kill each other, but we are together every day and we are both very stubborn and will fight at the drop of a dime. But he is my dad and I love him and he deserves all the credit for who I am as a fighter and as a man.

Do you intend on staying in the 168 pound division or can you make the 160 pound limit?

I kinda have my eyes on the middleweights now. I’m looking to make my 160 debut in March. On Feb 1 I will be fighting at 164. I think Ward is a very, very good fighter and none of the current champs will beat him including Stevenson.

Is there anyone you would like to thank for helping your boxing career?

I would like to thank my main sparing partner Mike Hollywood for all the help. He will also be fighting on the 1st along with Junior Wright, my other sparing partner. Also I would like to thank my boy Dom Da Bomb for letting my team use his great gym 8 Count Boxing.




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