Adonis Stevenson-Jean Pascal Eyed, Michel Talks Hopkins

By Luke Furman

Now that a fight with Bernard Hopkins is out the window, promoter Yvon Michel of GYM will explore the possibility of a Canadian super-fight between WBC champion Adonis Stevenson (24-1, 20KOs) and top contender Jean Pascal (29-2-1, 17KOs). Stevenson will return on September 27th from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Pascal is the top contender to Stevenson's title.

It's not clear if Michel will look to place that bout on the September date or Stevenson's next fight at the end of the year.

There is also talk that Stevenson will go after WBA 'regular' light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer of Germany.

Michel had been in talks with Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime to match Stevenson against Hopkins, but announced on Friday that Hopkins will stake his WBA/IBF titles against WBO champion Sergey Kovalev on an HBO televised date in November. 

Stevenson turned his back on a deal with HBO to jump over to Showtime for a fight with Hopkins. Michel claims Hopkins was offered more money to face Stevenson, but he demanded a bigger slice of Showtime's license fee. According to Michel, Hopkins will make less money against Kovalev and the hard-punching Russian is not making a lot either.

"I must admit we are a little surprised by this turn of events. We felt that something was up since the departure of [ex-Golden Boy CEO] Richard Schaefer. We saw that there was a connection between Golden Boy and HBO for some time. If [Hopkins] had accepted the offer [for Stevenson], he would have pocketed more money than the amount he's getting against Kovalev. With respect to Kovalev, he will collect a lot less money than Hopkins for this fight. It's a bit hard to understand," Michel told the Quebec Journal.

Luke Furman covers boxing for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The Big Dunn on 08-04-2014

[QUOTE=Weebler I;14825102]He's 37 in September, and frankly he looked his age in the Fonfara fight, very gassy.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=King-;14825110]Maybe it's time to cash him out against the Alien-Krusher winner[/QUOTE] Yeah, Weebler I is right. If that was a 15 rd fight,…

Comment by King_ on 08-04-2014

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;14825101]SO long as Adonis holds the lineal title he will get fights. He just better realize at 35 the window is closing. Fight Pascal and then the bhop v kovalev winner.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Weebler I;14825102]He's 37 in September, and frankly…

Comment by KevinHenry007 on 08-04-2014

I'm going with Pascal on this one

Comment by Weebler I on 08-04-2014

[QUOTE=The Big Dunn;14825101]SO long as Adonis holds the lineal title he will get fights. He just better realize at 35 the window is closing. Fight Pascal and then the bhop v kovalev winner.[/QUOTE] He's 37 in September, and frankly he…

Comment by The Big Dunn on 08-04-2014

SO long as Adonis holds the lineal title he will get fights. He just better realize at 35 the window is closing. Fight Pascal and then the bhop v kovalev winner.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (56)
Top Headlines Razvan Cojanu Arrives in New Zealand For Joseph Parker Fight Canelo, Chavez Jr. Passing All Random Drug Tests, Says WBC Prez Freddie Roach: Klitschko Will Be Mad, But I'm Picking Joshua Banks Admits He Had a Feeling Klitschko Would Lose To Fury Erislandy Lara Says Demetrius Andrade Priced Himself Out Parker-Cojanu Fight to be Announced Wednesday in New Zealand Lennox Lewis Disagrees With Joshua: Fighting Overseas a Must! Joshua vs. Klitschko: David Fields To Referee; Judges Are Named Photo: Kubrat Pulev, Kevin Johnson - Go Face To Face at Presser Gervonta Davis Vows To Punish Liam Walsh's Brother Afterwards Klitschko: I'm Focused on Myself, My Ego - Not Joshua-Fury Beef Photos: Pacquiao Puts in Work, Hangs With Koala in Australia Keenan Smith, Kenneth Sims Jr. Grab Wins in Atlantic City Wilder to Klitschko: Forget Joshua's Size, Power; You Have to Fight! Tyson Fury Aims To Make Return on Saunders-Khurtsize Bill in July Ugas Replaces Barrios, Will Face Lara After Weight Mishap Errol Spence: Jermell Charlo Provided Perfect Sparring for Brook Wilder: Steward Wouldn't Have Allowed Fury to Beat Klitschko Daily Bread Mailbag: Ward-Kovalev II, Canelo-GGG, Charlos, More Joshua-Klitschko: Lawrence Okolie To Face Russ Henshaw Craig Kennedy vs. Matty Askin, Now on May 26 In Cardiff Jeff Horn's Coach: Doubters Will Have Egg on Their Face! Wilder: You Don't Need Skill If You Have Power Like Me, Joshua Joseph Parker vs. Razvan Cojanu, Speculation Floating Around Joshua-Klitschko Brings Cable Giants Back To Common TV Ground Lara: Jacobs Beat Golovkin, I'd Give GGG Tremendous Problems! AIBA Backs Away From Amir Khan's SBL After Snafu in India Indongo Advises IBF of Injury, Lipinets Defense May Get Delayed McGregor's Manager Updates on Latest With Mayweather Fight Photo: WBC Reveals Special Canelo vs. Chavez Jr. Title Belt Peter Fury Reacts To Claims Hughie Ran From Joseph Parker Shot Anthony Joshua Fires Back at Klitschko as Tensions Begin To Rise Wilder: Parker Should Forget About May 6th, Fight Me in July Broner To Tim Bradley: Bald Head Uncle Tom, Stop Talking Crazy Mike Alvarado, Saucedo Added To Michael Conlan Chicago Card Horn's Coach Warns Pacquiao: Jeff Can Hit as Hard as Marquez! Joshua vs. Klitschko: Joe Cordina To Open Up The Show Bellew: Tyson Fury Keeps Calling Me Out, We Might Have To Dance! Showtime's Espinoza: There's One Network Committed to Boxing Vitali Klitschko Admits Wladimir's Career on The Ropes in Defeat
Latest Active Forum Threads