- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Action fighter Donovan "Da Bomb" George has decided to drop down in weight from super middleweight to middleweight, figuring his explosive power will be even better at 160 pounds than it was at 168.
"At 160 pounds, no one can take my power," George said. “I was knocking them out at 168, so imagine what's going to happen when I hit a smaller middleweight on the button. No one at this weight can take my power.”
George (24-3-1, 21 KOs), 28, of Chicago, is just 2-2 in his last four fights with both defeats coming to top opponents at 168 pounds. He was outboxed by Edwin Rodriguez on HBO last March, rebounded for a sixth-round knockout of journeyman Dionisio Miranda in August and then got battered in a tremendously game effort against Adonis Stevenson in a 12th-round knockout loss in October. That was a title elimination fight.
With no super middleweight title shot in the offing, George returned on Feb. 1 having dropped down to 164 pounds on his way to 160. He knocked out James Cook with a body shot in the first round. Cook is no world beater but he did go five rounds with middleweight contender Andy Lee in his previous fight (which was in 2010).
"Don was a little small at super middleweight, but his power still allowed him to lay out bigger guys,” said Leon Margules, who co-promotes George with Lou DiBella and Dominic Pesoli. “But at middleweight, he's going to be a force. Gennady Golovkin, (Julio Cesar) Chavez Jr., (Peter) Quillin, none of these guys could handle what Don George brings at this lower weight. He was the hardest punching and most durable guy in the world at 168. At 160, he's a nuclear bomb that's ready to explode.”
Margules said George’s debut at middleweight probably will take place March 22 in the co-feature of an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card he is promoting in Chicago. That card is headlined by a light heavyweight fight between Andrzej Fonfara (23-2, 13 KOs) and Nicholson Poulard (19-3, 9 KOs).