The final press conference was held Wednesday for Saturday’s attractive HBO card at the Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, featuring two light heavyweight world championship fights. Things got testy between WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (22-1, 19 KOs) and mandatory challenger Tony Bellew (20-1-1, 12 KOs) after the 6’2 Bellew’s references to the 5’11 Stevenson as a “little man,” “midget” and “dwarf.” Stevenson responded that Chad Dawson is 6’3 and he “planted him” in 76 seconds. For the co-feature, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev (22-0-1, 20 KOs) and challenger Ismayl Sillakh (21-1, 17 KOs) issued typical boilerplate presser statements.
Adonis Stevenson: I know you are dreaming to be world champion. You will never fight a man and ‘Superman’ like me. I will knock you out cold. I am going to knock you out.
Tony Bellew: Alls I want to do is nail him with every single thing I’ve got. Whatever it takes and whatever I’ve got to do, I’m gonna do it and on Saturday night I am going to be world champion. Adonis Stevenson is getting beaten up and manhandled. It’s as simple as that. I don’t care what he brings. You all go on about he’s Superman, he’s this and that. The fact of the matter is he has been knocked out by a guy who has lost 20 fights
Sergey Kovalev: I’ll show what I came to do. This is a very big test for me, will be a great fight.
Ismayl Sillakh: I’m ready to fight for the title. Ready to fight the best.