Stevenson Leaves Another Victim, But What Is Next ?

Stevenson vs Williams Jr._07_29_2016_Fight_Dave Nadkarni _ Premier Boxing Champions

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By Brandon Stubbs

Adonis Stevenson made yet another successful title defense, this time against Thomas Williams Jr. in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. In the four round affair, Stevenson ate some shots that a lesser fighter would have dropped from. “It was a firefight,” said Stevenson. “He put pressure on me so I decided to put pressure on him too. It was a fight with two guys who could punch and it was spectacular.” The win put Adonis at 28-1 record and was his seventh straight WBC title defense. But the question remains who can challenge him.

 

For the past few year boxing has hoped and wished that Stevenson and reigning WBA, WBO and IBF Light-Heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev would square off and unify the division. But continually network deals, money, promoters and egos have prevent the fight from ever being made. Now that Kovalev has found another big money fight in Andre Ward that is planned for November, where does this leave Adonis?

 

One option is his mandatory WBC defense which is Eleider “Storm” Alvarez who was feature on the same card as Stevenson last week. Alvarez won a unanimous decision over late replacement Robert Berridge, but was far from a splashy performance. “I am happy with the win, but I would have liked a knockout! He was tough, but he did not hurt me at all and I thought that I hurt him. I am ready for my next challenge, which will hopefully be a world title fight.” Said Alvarez.

 

Chad Dawson was rumored to be eyeing a rematch with Stevenson. Dawson was the original opponent for Eleider Alvarez, but had to put out due to injury. Chad has won two straight after having a rough stretch over the past few years which included a knockout loss to Stevenson in 2013 where he loss the WBC title.

 

Joe Smith Jr. could be an option as well. Smith burst on the scene this past June with a stunning TKO win over Andrzej Fonfara. Given how easily he dispatched Fonfara and given how tight of a fight Fonfara gave Stevenson in 2014, this matchup could make sense.

 

If none of these can be made for Adonis, he could just play the waiting game. He could wait things out and see what happens in November between Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev. Knowing how negotiations have went in the pass Kovalev and his promoter Main Events, a Ward win could breed another big matchup in the division. Ward’s promoter ROC Nation Sports has shown an open willingness to work with other promotions in their short time in the boxing business.

 

 

 

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