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Stevenson: Kovalev Fight Will Be Part of New HBO Deal

By Ryan Burton

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson had a whirlwind 2013.  He started the year off by avenging his only career loss by stopping Darnell Boone.  He followed that up with three more knockout victories, picking up the WBC strap in the process.

BoxingScene.com recognized his accomplishments by naming him our "Fighter of The Year." The Quebec native said that he is very proud of what he achieved and that he plans on making this year even more successful.

"It feels good. I am proud that BoxingScene gave me this honor.  I worked hard for it.  I appreciate them for recognizing the work I did. I plan to come back and work even harder and have a better 2014."

"This last year was a dream come true. To move up from 168 to 175, and beat Chad Dawson and fight on HBO. I think I showed my boxing skills and the level that I am on.  I trained with Emanuel Steward and then with Sugar Hill and they really helped bring that out of me," Stevenson explained.

The 36-year-old said that he plans on fighting three times in 2014 and that the hard hitting Russian, WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, is part of those plans.

"We talked to HBO and we are working on a three fight deal and Kovalev is part of that.  We have a three fight deal and he is definitely part of that.  Like I said I never had a problem fighting him," Stevenson told BoxingScene.com.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Trudoe the.. on 01-14-2014

[QUOTE=simonihirst;14129740]Stevenson's plans must be Pascal-Bute winner, then Kovalev or his successor (unlikely) and then winner of that should get Andre Ward. Personally think the Kovalev fight is his toughest. Stevenson's whiskers are vulnerable, Kovalev may KO him. Ironically, Stevenson's power…

Comment by MDPopescu on 01-14-2014

[QUOTE=GoldenGloveLove;14134460]If you're reading into it that I'm using "slugger" as a derogatory term or to say he's crude or something you're wrong. I'm saying slugger as in an aggressive puncher. Which he 100% is. That doesn't mean anything to do…

Comment by GoldenGloveLove on 01-14-2014

[QUOTE=MDPopescu;14130665]... By "EE slugger" I suspect you mean "East European slugger", right? ... You must be very savvy with this sport.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=MDPopescu;14130779]Look at this "EE slugger" here... :) [/QUOTE] [QUOTE=bojangles1987;14130817]Might have something to do with…

Comment by Box-Office on 01-14-2014

[QUOTE=-=Shade=-;14132582]They really do don't they. (I say this from the next Provence over.) In Toronto when I go out to watch a PPV it's usually a crowd of whatever group the headliner comes from, some other folks, and me. When…

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 01-14-2014

[QUOTE=Cuban Linx;14132663]This is a great deal both for Adonis and the fans. His 3 choices this year will likely be Pascal/Bute winner, Froch (or Fonfara) and Kovalev. I have no problem with any of those 3 options, and I think…

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