By Ryan Burton
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson will be watching the February 24th battle between Eleider Alvarez (23-0) and Lucian Bute (32-3-1) with special interest. The fight takes place at the Centre Videotron in Quebec City, Quebec. While Alvarez is already the mandatory challenger to Stevenson's title, the fight serves for all intents and purposes as a final eliminator.
Stevenson (28-1) only had one fight in 2016, a fourth round knockout out of Thomas Williams Jr. but plans on having a much more active 2017 campaign.
"I would like to fight the winner (of Alvarez-Bute) and I would like to fight three times this year. I plan on having a busy year," Stevenson stated.
WBA/WBO/IBF light heavyweight champion Andre Ward and Sergey Kovalev are contractually obligated to fight a rematch and it will likely happen in the first half of the year but there are still other intriguing match ups in the division. Fighters such as hot rising Joe Smith Jr, Artur Beterbiev and a rematch against Andrzej Fonfara are all potential opponents.
As for Stevenson's preference, he said that he as always been willing to fight all comers.
"I don't care who I fight. Line them up and I will fight them. I am the WBC and lineal champion. I am still the king. I don't care who I fight. Just line them up," Stevenson told BoxingScene.com.
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