Stevenson says Dawson will panic once he tags him
Adonis Stevenson (20-1) will be moving up in class on Saturday when he takes on WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (31-2) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, live on Sky Sports 1.
But he's not worried at all about being out of his league in this crucial fight in his career.
The 35-year-old Stevenson expects to be able to knock Dawson out just like he's been doing with his opponents at super middleweight.
Stevenson doesn't see any difference. He believes he'll hurt Dawson just like he hurt guys from the 168 lb division.
Stevenson said "He'll panic once I hit him. I'm not going to chase the knockout. I'm going to let my hands go and it will come."
Dawson, 30, has looked unbeatable at light heavyweight since a 2010 technical decision defeat to Jean Pascal, but the key question is whether his 10 round drubbing at the hands of Andre Ward was a blip or whether dragging himself down to super middleweight and losing the pounds has a longer lasting, negative effect on his career.
Stevenson won't care about any of that of course. Young, hungry and powerful, he is exactly the type of opponent Dawson should fear if he shows up in anything less than prime condition. The Haitian born Canadian was the IBF's mandatory contender at super middleweight to challenge champion Carl Froch before choosing to step up and face Dawson. Stevenson has not fought anywhere near Dawson's level. While the American has met Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson twice each - winning them all bar a No Contest during his first fight with "B-Hop". Stevenson has feasted mostly on club fighters and fringe contenders as he has developed. The likes of Aaron Pryor Jnr, Derek Edwards and Don George have been ruthlessly despatched. The only blemish on his 21 fight record came in 2010 against journeyman Darnell Boone, who rose from a first round knockdown to stun Stevenson with a big right in the second, effectively ending the fight, Adonis belatedly and brutally settled the score when dominating then knocking Boone out in the 6th in his last outing. Stevenson now intends to KO Dawson but the champion is talking a good game.
"Don't believe the hype," said Dawson. "What gives him the right to say he will knock me out? I mean it's disrespectful. I'm going to disrespect him on June 8. He'll never touch my title."