Adonis Stevenson: Even At 40, “I Am The Best Light Heavyweight”
In the constantly changing landscape of boxing’s 175-pound division, since Andre Ward’s sudden retirement last year, one thing has remained constant: Adonis Stevenson holding the WBC world championship. With his upcoming world title defense against two-division champion Badou Jack coming up on May 19th, Stevenson is out to prove that he is the deadliest fighter in the division, a 40-year-old knockout specialist who is the longest reigning light heavyweight champion in the world.
With a slew of new faces making waves in the division, such as Dmitry Bivol, Oleksandr Gvosdyk and Artur Beterbiev, a number of pundits in the boxing community have debated as to who is the best light heavyweight boxer in the sport. “Right now, I’m the best light heavyweight. I’m the lineal champion and the WBC champion and I’m at the top of the division,” Stevenson told FIGHT SPORTS.
A win over Jack, who could present the toughest title defense to date for Stevenson, would surely prove to many he is the best, but Stevenson has even bigger goals in mind. He would like to eventually fight the other world champions and unify the division.
“I’m looking for a unification, but for now I got Badou Jack so I will focus on him. After that, I’m going to look to unify the titles. Badou Jack is a big fighter, a killer fighter and I have to prepare well. Badou Jack is a good fighter. The thing you have to understand is that Badou Jack does everything well. He’s got good defense. Everything he does is good. This is a good fight and it will be exciting.”
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Stevenson has been Canada’s top boxer for nearly 15 years on both the amateur and pro ranks, despite starting out relatively late for a future world champion. Regardless, he has been a top draw throughout the country and his next test will see him fight Jack in the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on May 19th. Stevenson not only aims to show that he’s the top boxer in the division, but also showcase the city of Toronto to the rest of the world.
“I’m proud of that fact [that I’m fighting in Canada]. Toronto is a big, big, huge market and a big city. I used to fight in Quebec City. Quebec City is an amazing city and Toronto is one of the biggest markets in the sport in North America. This is a huge deal for the city and it’s a big opportunity for me and for all the Canadians. This is a chance to show to the United States that Toronto is the place to be to be,” Stevenson said.
One of the more intriguing aspects about Stevenson is not the fact that he has held the WBC title for more than four years, but the fact that he is 40 years old and still knocking out guys a decade younger than him. Having earned the nickname “Superman” for once beating up 10 people while he was in prison during his youth, Stevenson said he’s out to give fans an exciting show and knockout opponents. So far, like the comic book hero, Stevenson appears to be timeless, being an elite fighter at an age most boxers would have been long retired from active competition. Stevenson promised fireworks and looks to deliver against Jack.
“I’m a big fan of Superman. Fans have called me Superman for 20 years since when I was in jail because I beat 10 guys. After I got out and went to the gym, I saw that some people were still calling me Superman. I kept the name and all of a sudden, they call me Superman because of the knockout. I knock everybody out and it’s exciting. People love it. I’m still 40 years old and I’m still knocking everybody out.”
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