Quebec Scene: Stevenson Wants Bute; Gadbois In Action Saturday
By Hans Olson
Hot off his recent first round knockout of Arizona’s Jesus Gonzales, Adonis “Superman” Stevenson’s popularity continues to swell.
On Sunday, the southpaw from Longueuil hit the talk-show circuit, stopping by CBC’s Tout le monde en parle.
Stevenson on Tout le monde en parle
For those not fluent in French, Daniel Cloutier provided English translation to some key quotes Adonis made in his recent column on Pound4Pound.
“Lucian cannot avoid me now,” said Stevenson. “He is supposed to fight Carl Froch in May in England, and I will be the next to face him. If the Bute-Froch [fight] is cancelled for one reason or another, I think that the IBF championship committee will force him to fight me. Trust me, I will be the next IBF champion this year.”
Confidence is clearly not something Adonis is lacking.
“I am 100% sure that I will beat him,” continued “Superman.”
“When I was member of the amateur Canadian national boxing team, I got the chance to spar with Bute. I was preparing myself for the Commonwealth Games, and Bute was training for a fight. I floored him with a body punch, and I saw [how] his face changed. I hurt him so bad that he refused to spar with me after. I am [convinced] that he is afraid to face me. Watch me if he takes the risk to face me!”
It Happened on Twitter
The bold enthusiasm from Quebec’s latest talk of the town made its way from chat-show to Twitter on Monday.
Tweeting Lucian’s renowned trainer Stephan Larouche, Stevenson said (translated from French), “Golovkin stopped him as an amateur, I stopped him in sparring, Andrade stopped him in front of 16,000 fans, which I’ll re-do.”
This was in response to an earlier tweet by Larouche where he wrote (originally in French), “The only time @InterBoxBute was the floor, it was in front of 16,000 people, against Andrade. Pathetic lies.”
This could get interesting…
Finally, according to numerous sources, the tentative date for Stevenson’s return to the ring is April 14. No opponent has yet been named.
This weekend at the Hotel des Seigneurs in Saint-Hyacinthe, 4-0 prospect Mick “L’Unique” Gadbois takes on Robert “Don’t Lose” DaLuz in a featured 6-round bout.
Gadbois in action last September against Lithuania’s Vladimiras Balaklijec
“It will be a good fight,” Gadbois told Boxing Insider on Tuesday. “DaLuz has a lot of experience, he knows how to take punches…I’m not looking for a home run hit. I will box him, I will make him pay. There will be good rounds…I will be active. I will have the advantage to be bigger and I’m going to use it.”
Trained by Marc Seyer, Alain St-Amand and Pierre Bouchard, Mick began boxing at the relatively late age of 18—though he’s determined to make up for lost time.
“I wanna fight, first because I love this game. I don’t care right now about any title. For sure, to be world champion is something big…but before that I just wanna fight. I know Interbox has eyes on me, so maybe having a contract could [make that] closer to the reality right now.”
Rounding out the card will be Alexandre Hamel vs. Patrick Tessier, Francis Hamel vs. Emanuel Guzman, and Eric Barrak vs. Cullen Rogers.
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