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Adonis Stevenson expects a tough fight with Sakio Bika

Photo: RDS Canada

Photo: RDS Canada

Yesterday afternoon, light heavyweight titlist Adonis Stevenson held a media day workout in Montreal, as he prepares for his upcoming defense against Sakio Bika on the April 4 Premier Boxing Champions card on CBS.

Usually training at the Kronk Gym in Detroit, Stevenson elected to bring his team to his new gym in Montreal.

“My first trainer, Tiger Paul, chose the place,” Stevenson (25-1, 20 KOs) explained. “It is near highways and all of the major roads. It will also allow me to spend more time with my kids and family. I want to help the kids in the gym, too.”

Asked about how he sees the fight with Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) playing out, Stevenson said, “I expect a really long fight. Bika has never been stopped and when he lost, it was always against world champions. He is tough and he has heart. He was also a world champion. I will have to be patient, fast and move out of range to win.

“I am also excited to be the first Quebec boxer to fight on a PBC show, on CBS.”

The fight of course, that everyone wants to see at 175 pounds is a unification bout between Stevenson and unified champ Sergey Kovalev.

“My dream is to unify all the titles and become the first fighter from Quebec to do so,” Stevenson continued. “But I’m fully focused on Bika. I know he’s training hard to steal my belts.

“Yes, it goes through my mind, but I have to beat Bika and he (Kovalev) has an IBF mandatory defense before it can happen. And to be honest, his performance versus Jean Pascal did not impress me at all.”

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