MONTREAL - Montreal's Adonis (Superman) Stevenson and American (Bad) Chad Dawson had the trash-talk in overdrive Wednesday as they prepare to square off at the Bell Centre on June 8.
The two men didn't mince words at the official press conference for their WBC and The Ring light-heavyweight title fight.
The Connecticut-raised Dawson (31-2, 17 K.O.) lashed out first, denigrating Stevenson (20-1, 17K.O.) for predicting a knockout.
"He says he's going to knock me out. Don't believe it," said Dawson. "He's never fought anyone. I've fought much better fighters. Who are you? Nobody knows you. I had to look you up on Google."
Stevenson, a ripped, hard-punching late bloomer with a brawling style, retorted without missing a beat.
"I am Superman," Stevenson replied. "And I will knock you out. Dawson talks, but he beat guys in their 40s, guys who were finished. You won't win in Montreal, in my town."
HBO will carry the bout.
Dawson is a former WBC light-heavyweight champion who has beaten such luminaries as Bernard Hopkins and Antonio Tarver (twice).
Stevenson, 35, only turned pro at the age of 29 and although he has knocked out most of his opponents, none were known as world-class fighters. His promoter, Yvon Michel, has an explanation.
"It's true Adonis has not faced someone as talented as Dawson, but he would have beaten better fighters if they were not all afraid," said Michel. "Thirteen challengers weren't available to fight for the vacant title because his power worries them."