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Fast & Furious: Stevenson vs. George Friday in Montreal

Ariel Shnerer / October 10, 2012 - 4:32pm

After their bout was initially postponed, Adonis Stevenson (18-1) and Donovan George (23-2-1) are finally set to collide in an IBF super middleweight eliminator this Friday, Oct. 12, in Montreal, QC.

Presented by Groupe Yvon Michel, additional bouts on the Fast & Furious card include David Lemieux (26-2) vs. Alvaro Gaona (15-1), Eleider Alvarez (9-0) vs. Daniel Regi (15-6) and Kevin Bizier (17-0) vs. Litkiewciz Patrick (6-0).

Full press release and event breakdown below:

MONTREAL (October 10, 2012) – The main players in the opening act of  the “Fast & Furious 3.0” series for the 2012-2013 season are in town for this Friday night’s (Oct. 12) event at the Bell Centre, slugger Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (18-1, 15 KOs), of Longueuil, takes on brawler Donovan "Da Bomb" George (23-2-1, 20 KOs), of  Chicago, Illinois, in the main event.

The winner will become the mandatory challenger to the International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight champion, Englishman Carl Froch. Stevenson returned to Montreal this past Sunday from his Detroit training camp with his cornermen, Dereck Colemon and Jayvan Hill.

"It is unfortunate for George because I'm hungry and I'm getting my rage on him,” Stevenson said. “It will hurt Friday when I am victorious. I want to dedicate this fight to my trainer, Emanuel Steward, who is still hospitalized. I know what a triumph means for my career, so my mind is totally focused on my opponent.”

George, a 27-year-old American, held his training camp in Florida. He respects his opponent but he is unabashed, "Stevenson is dangerous at the start of fights but he is not invincible. When we find ourselves fighting past the eighth round, I'll be in my comfort zone. I put everything I have on the line for this fight, I will fight with all my energy and I'll win decisively. I will be the next No. 1 contender.”

George has been in Montreal since Monday, along with her father and coach, Peter George, and his promoter, Leon Margules, of Warriors Promotions, who has no doubt about the outcome of this battle: "We are very excited about this opportunity for Don. It's been a fight he wants and he is confident of victory by knockout. I want to thank Yvon Michel and everyone at GYM for their hospitality.”

The “Fast & Furious Series 3.0” at the Bell Centre is a co-presentation of Mise-O-Jeu and Videotron. In addition to Friday night’s show, the other reserved series dates are December 14, February 8 and May 3.

Stevenson won his last five fights by knockout against opponents with an impressive, combined record of 107-8. In his most recent appearance in the ring, last April at the Bell Centre, he stopped Noah Gonzalez (28-1, 20 KOs) in the second round to capture the World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver Championship. Stevenson is world ranked No. 2 by the IBF.

George, who has never been knockout, surprised the world-class boxer Cornelius White (16-0, 15 KOs) with a stunning first-round knockout in February of 2011. On March 17 of this year, George made his debut on HBO and despite his defeat by 10-round decision, he imposed his rhythm to fight, while Edwin Rodriguez (21-0, 14 KOs) avoided combat to save himself with a victory by points (96-94, 97-93 and 99-91).

Powerful 23-year-old Laval boxer David Lemieux (26-2, 25 KOs) returns in the 10-round co-feature against tough Mexican fighter Alvaro "The Cobra" Gaona (15-1, 12 KOs), the WBC Fecombox champion since 2010 and professional since 2005. He is reputed to be hard hitting, aggressive and courageous as indicated by his 12 knockouts in 15 wins.

In addition, aspiring world light heavyweight title challenger Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (9-0, 5 KOs) and welterweight Kevin Bizier (17-0, 12 KOs) have very important battles on the horizon next year. First, though, NABO champion Alvarez faces Hungarian Daniel Regi (15-6, 7 KOs) in an eight-round match on the undercard, while NABA title-holder Bizier confronts Polish Litkiewicz Patrick (6-0, 3 KOs) in a six-round bout.

Undefeated GYM heavyweight prospects Oscar "Kaboom" Rivas (11-0, 6 KOs) and Didier "Big Daddy" Bence (5-0-0, 2KO), respectively, face Joey Dawejko (7-1-1, 3 KOs), of Philadelphia, and Harold Sconiers (18-24-2, 11 KOs), of Florida, in eight and six round fights. Last but not least, London, England-based John O'Donnell (25-2, 11 KOs), a protégé of Adam Harris of Hennessy Sports Canada, will battle Dominican Thomas Mendez (16-2, 9 KOs) in an eight rounder.

The Fighting charities:
As announced at the launch of the series last month, GYM presents a fight for a charitable cause between two people uninitiated to the sport of boxing in a clash of three, two-minute rounds, under the supervision of Boxing Quebec. The challenge is for a $2,000 donation presented to a charitable organization chosen by the winner. The purpose of the exercise, in addition to serving as a good cause, is to give two people an opportunity they could never imagine a day fighting in the ring and preparing to live the same emotions as real boxers. The first charity fight matches Pullman, 3424avenue Park vs. Filet 219 rue Mont-Royal O as Gabriel Jauvin, sommelier at Pullman, crosses gloves with Denis Lessard, the butler of Filet in the light heavyweight division. The two boxers have chosen as their respective charities the foundation of Père Sablon and foundation Ali and Princes Street.

GYM President Yvon Michel expects a record crowd for the gala Fast & Furious weekend: "We’re presenting the most significant battle in Canada of 2012, headlined by two brawlers, Stevenson and George, who are both powerful hitters, in addition to the explosive Lemieux and Gaona co-feature.  We’ll also have some of the best prospects in boxing in the country fighting with Alvarez, Bizier, Rivas and Bence. It all adds up to a spectacular evening, rich in emotions and all this at a price to suit any budget.”

This popular series is available everyone in the comfort of their homes via television through Canal Indigo, Bell TV, and Shaw TV, as well as on Wealth TV in the United States.

GYM wishes to thank its key sponsorship partners, including Pierre Bibeau, Loto Quebec; Robert Dépatie, Videotron; Pierre Dion, TVA Sports; Jacques Aubé, Evenko; Charles Benoit and Martin Spalding, Astral Radio; Marc Roberge, Coors Light; Martin Trudel and Guy St-Pierre, Tonikgroupimage; Marcel Savard, BLlitho: Houston restaurants, Adidas and Rival. Almost all of the aforementioned sponsors have been with GYM since the beginning of its adventure and their participation is as important as much as it is appreciated.

The public is invited on Oct. 12th to Bell Centre for the innovative and popular GYM Boxing Series, "Fast and Furious." Tickets are on sale now at the Bell Centre, on evenko.ca, and by calling GYM at (514) 383.0666 at the following prices:

One Event                                         Season
$40.50                                                $144 ($36 per ticket)
$70.50                                                $246 ($61.50 per ticket)
$110.50                                              $382 ($95.50 per a ticket)
Ringside         $160.50                                              $552 ($138 per ticket)
Tables (8)        $226.08                                              $774.96 ($193.74 per ticket)

About Groupe Yvon Michel Inc.:
Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) was founded in 2004. The organization's mission is the development of high-level boxers by a support coaching and management, especially in competition. To achieve its objectives, GYM is active in recruiting talent and organization of events. Since its inception eight years ago GYM presented 105 events and  some made history in ticket sales and PPV, like Pascal vs. Hopkins I and II. GYM has produced over 300 hours of TV Canal Indigo, Bell TV, Shaw TV, TVA Sports, VOX, TVA, CBC, RDS and V, in Canada, as well as HBO, Showtime and ESPN in the US. A total of six different GYM boxers participated in 16 world championship fights. Under the tutelage of GYM, Joachim Alcine captured the WBA super welterweight title in 2007, and Jean Pascal the WBC Light Heavyweight championship in 2009.

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