Stevenson expects KO win

19 May 2018 06:19:07 EST

WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson is confident of a knockout victory against challenger Badou Jack in Toronto, Canada, on Saturday night.

The 40-year-old will be making the ninth defence of his belt against the former WBA strap holder and ex-WBC super middleweight champion.

Stevenson has won 24 of his 29 victories via a stoppage and, while Jack has only lost one fight to a KO when suffering a first-round defeat against Derek Edwards in 2014, the Canadian does not expect the bout to go the full 12 rounds.

I am ready for 12 rounds, but if you are coming to the ring for me, it's going to finish early.

Adonis Stevenson

On Jack, who also suffered a first-round knockdown in his draw with Britain's James DeGale in January 2017, Stevenson told Sky Sports: "Badou Jack doesn't know my power.

"Anybody who comes to the ring to fight me doesn't know my power.

"You have to be in the ring with me to feel power. If you don't come to the ring, and are sparring with big gloves, and if you are a big heavyweight you can maybe take the power, and think you are ready for Adonis?

"It's not going to happen like that. You've got to go in the ring with Adonis, to feel the power."

He added: "Nothing is easy, any fighter is a hard fight and he is a big boxer and a contender, so Badou Jack is not going to be easy.

"I've seen lots of him. He's got a good defence, good stamina and endurance. He is solid and a two-weight and two-time world champion, so he is good.

"But I always go for the knockout. Emanuel (Steward) always told me, in any fight I was in, knockouts sell, so when I get in the ring, I go straight for the knockout. I am ready for 12 rounds, but if you are coming to the ring for me, it's going to finish early."

Stevenson is 11/10 to win the fight, 7/4 via a KO, TKO or Disqualification, while Jack is 8/11 to win the fight and claim the WBC belt.

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