'I am the next Mike Tyson' says WBC champ Adonis Stevenson

Boxer Adonis Stevenson attends a press conference Thursday in advance of his match against Polish...

Boxer Adonis Stevenson attends a press conference Thursday in advance of his match against Polish challenger Andrzej Fonfara in Montreal on Saturday. (Philippe-Olivier Contant/QMI Agency)

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MONTREAL - On the eve of his WBC title defence against Polish challenger Andrzej Fonfara, Montreal's Adonis "Superman" Stevenson isn't shying away from comparisons to a legendary power puncher.

"I'm the new Mike Tyson of the light heavyweights," Stevenson told QMI Agency's sister sports channel TVA Sports, as his opponent sat a metre away.

Stevenson (23-1-0, 20 KO) has stopped his last 10 opponents and knocked out all but three men he's faced in his career. Thirteen of his fights have gone just one or two rounds.

Fonfara (25-2, 15 KO) appeared bemused at Stevenson's boasting, remaining calm while predicting victory for himself on Saturday at the Bell Centre.

"This is a great time for me, great chance to fight with Adonis," said the Warsaw-born Chicago-based fighter. "He's a great champion. I'm ready for this fight."

"He wants to knock me out, I'm going to try to knock him out and it should be a great show."

Stevenson is one of the hottest names in boxing, winning the linear light-heavyweight championship of the world last year.

Sport Illustrated named Stevenson its Fighter of the Year for 2013.

Fonfara, meanwhile, has a three-inch height advantage, five-inch reach advantage and at 26 is 10 years younger than Stevenson.

He insisted he isn't scared of one of the sport's hardest punchers.

"I've got nothing to lose. He's got something to lose. He's a normal human. He's not Superman like he thinks," Fonfara said of Stevenson, who was wearing a Superman t-shirt on the set.

The challenger added: "my advice for him, keep your hands up, don't put your hands down, because I've got power from both hands, two guns."

Stevenson fired back: "I have two bazookas."


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