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Andre Dirrell added to Adonis Stevenson-Dmitry Sukhotsky card


overrated,” said Page. “He had a great amateur background, and he went to the Olympics twice. He has beaten a lot of good fighters and he just beat Tavoris Cloud, so I think he’s a tough opponent. I have great handspeed and great footwork, but I know I can’t run from him like everyone else has. I’m ready to exchange. I have great power myself.

“I think him and his team are underestimating me, but I’m going to use that to my advantage. I’m going to come in and show him right away that I’m there to win, that I’m not an opponent. Being an underdog is absolutely a motivator for me. Everybody back home is going to be watching. If I win this fight, big things are going to start happening for me and my team. Everyone will know who I am.”

Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs), who also holds the WBC title, was last in action for a unanimous decision over Andrzej Fonfara in May and is 14-1 with 13 knockouts in his past 15 fights.

A southpaw, Stevenson, 37, said that he hurt his left hand in the second round against Fonfara.

“My hand has healed from the injury when I fought Fonfara. I’m healthy and I’m ready to go. Going 12 rounds was a good experience for me. I train for 12 rounds in the gym. Sometimes it’s good to go the distance and get the experience,” said Stevenson.

“Everybody brings their A-game because I’m the champ. I know I’m the king of the light heavyweight division, and I know that everyone wants to take my belt. I’m going to train very hard. Sukhotskiy is a tough guy, and he’s hoping to surprise me. I’ll prepare, my hands will be perfect, and it will be a short night on Showtime.”

Sukhotsky (22-2, 16 KOs) has won four straight bouts since falling by unanimous decision to Cornelius White in July 2012. Prior to that fight, Sukhotsky, 33, knocked out current No. 9-rated light heavyweight Nadjib Mohammedi, who will fight this weekend on the Bernard Hopkins-Sergey Kovalev undercard.

Also on the card is a welterweight rematch between Kevin Bizier (23-1, 16 KOs) and Jo Jo Dan (33-2, 18 KOs), who defeated Bizier by split decision last November.

The Dan-Bizier fight is an eliminator for the right to face IBF titleholder Kell Brook, who won the belt in an upset majority-decision win over Shawn Porter in August.

“I’m hoping to fight with Kell Brook, but I’m concentrating 100 percent on the fight with Kevin Bizier. I’ve been waiting for this fight since I started boxing. I know he’s learned some things and has more experience since our first fight,” said Dan, 33.

“But I also know him better now than when we first fought, so I think it’s going to be an exciting fight. If the knockout comes, it comes, but I always prepare for 12 rounds. If the chance is there, I won’t miss it. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t preparing for 12 rounds. I train 100 percent, and I’m sure he’ll be in the best shape of his life. We’re looking to make the fight of the year in Quebec.”

Bizier, 30, has knocked out his past two opponents since falling to Dan, and was last in action for a first-round stoppage of Laszlo Fazekas in September.

“I’m not worried about stopping him,” said Bizier. “I learned to be more relaxed after our first fight. In the first fight, I was going for the KO. I’m going to try to be more relaxed and use my jab this time around.

“If I want to win the world championship, then I need to prepare for the best and the toughest fight of my life against Dan. It puts a little more pressure knowing that I could fight for a title if I win in December. But I’m focused on Dan and no one else. I’m just focusing on boxing.”

Note: Quotes taken from a release