Advertisement
Advertisement

Stevenson's Promoter: Bellew Can Count on Being Next

By Ben Jacobs

Promoter Yvon Michel is excited about this Saturday’s card in Montreal which features Adonis Stevenson defending his WBC title for the first time against former IBF champion, Tavoris Cloud.  But the bill will also feature the likes of Jean Pascal, David Lemieux and rising star Eleider Álvarez.

“We will have about 8,000 fans in the arena so it’s very good.  We’ll be live on pay-per-view and it will be the best crowd for an Adonis Stevenson fight,” Michel told BoxingScene.

“I believe that Cloud is the best contender in the light heavyweight division.  He’s a proven warrior, has a good strong chin, he likes to fight.  It’s a good test but I believe he doesn’t value Adonis’ talent.  I think this is the best fight for the boxing world to see that Adonis is not only the best pure puncher in the sport right now but he also has a very high boxing IQ.  I don’t see really Cloud being able to do anything, and Adonis will prove that he didn’t just beat Dawson by chance.  Adonis can carry his power into the last rounds, no problem.

“Cloud won’t fall from the first punch - he will be tentative and careful.  Cloud is strong and experienced.  I still see a one sided fight, but it will be good.”

Michel also confirmed that Tony Bellew, who intends to be ringside as a spectator this Saturday, will be the next opponent for Stevenson, providing he is able to beat Cloud. 

“Definitely, the next fight after this one is Tony Bellew,” he insisted.  “Bellew is the mandatory contender.  He deserves the next shot at the title because he won the eliminator. When a fighter is able to reach the number one spot he should have a chance at the champion, that’s what we’ll do.  Carl Froch didn’t do that when Adonis was his mandatory contender but for sure Bellew can count on it that he’ll be the next one.”

Another fight for boxing fans to look out for is the battle of two Colombians between Eleider Álvarez (12-0, 8 KOs) and veteran, Edison Miranda (35-8, 30 KOs).  Michel is so confident of Álvarez’s abilities that he would throw him into a title shot even at this stage of his development.

“Álvarez is ready now - he could fight for a title now.  We’d be very happy to fight Sergey Kovalev.  He’s fighting Miranda and both are Colombians.  It’s a pretty emotional fight.  Miranda has trained for two months but even at his best he was nothing near the quality of Álvarez which will show in the ring next week.  He [Álvarez] will prove he’s ready to fight anybody.”

Saturday also marks the return to action for Jean Pascal who has been on the treatment table following an injury which forced his fight with Lucian Bute to be moved to January of next year.

“It’s an important fight for Jean Pascal, he needed some motivation to be in the gym and prepare himself.  He has an important rendezvous with Lucian Bute in January here in Montreal so he wants to use the fight against George Blades as a stepping stone to get better prepared.  I’ve seen Jean in the gym - he’s doing very well.  He wants to show against Blades that he hasn’t lost anything.  Although he hasn’t fought for a while, he’s still one of the biggest stars in the division.  Time is on his side, he’s only 30 years old.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by kombayn on 09-25-2013

I won't be surprised if Adonis Stevenson loses to Cloud. Then it could setup that "tune-up" fight for Ward. Chad Dawson may be just shot, and doesn't have it anymore for the business of boxing.

Comment by El Angel on 09-25-2013

[QUOTE=Andre Wardttke;13778598]Stevenson might not even beat Cloud tbh. He really isn't that good.[/QUOTE] Totally agree, he caught Dawson with a great shot, but that doesn't erase his previous struggles at SMW. But Cloud really isn't that good either, I think…

Comment by petero on 09-25-2013

Cloud will get slapped around and it will end with him getting K.O.ed

Comment by Andre Wardttke on 09-24-2013

Stevenson might not even beat Cloud tbh. He really isn't that good.

Comment by New England on 09-24-2013

bellew? please don't fight him, streetpimp. i want to see kovalev completely destroy you with some of his own pimp hand slaps.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (11)
Top Headlines Marlon Tapales To Receive Hero's Welcome For Title Win Leo Santa Cruz vs. Carl Frampton: Ring the Damn Bell Amir Khan Aims For Danny Garcia Mandatory Shot in January Miguel Cotto Officially Passes on Marquez Over Weight Dispute Mikey Garcia: You're Going To See a Better Version of Me! Joseph Diaz: Liam Smith is a Very Tough Fight For Canelo Photos: Adonis Stevenson, Thomas Williams Size Up at Presser Carl Frampton: Everyone Expects Me To Lose, I'll Get The Upset! Dorticos To Shumenov: You Paper Champ, Stop Running Chicken Photos: Margarito, Alvarez Go Face To Face at Presser Video: Leo Santa Cruz Ready For War With Carl Frampton Amir Khan: Arum is Bitter, He's Scared To Do The Pacquiao Fight! Photos: Frampton, Leo Santa Cruz, Malignaggi, Garcia Workouts Photo: Kell Brook Embraces VADA Testing For Golovkin Shot Amnat Ruenroeng Vows To Get Olympic Gold For His Family Photos: Andre Ward Cheers on Kevin Durant, Team USA Czar Glazkov Still Recovering, Return is Possible in November Video: Golovkin's Coach on Terence Crawford, Kell Brook, More Leo Santa Cruz: If Dad Didn't Get Better, I May Have Pulled Out Lucas Browne Enters WBC's VADA Drug Testing Program Frankie Gavin vs. Sam Eggington Looms For October Clash Luke Campbell Focused, Aims To Do a Job on Argenis Mendez Otto Wallin Faces Osborne Machimana on September 10th Liam Walsh to meet Andrey Klimov in IBF final eliminator Leo Santa Cruz Fearful Frampton Won’t Come To Fight Saturday Loeffler on GGG-Brook: The Best at 147 Facing The Best at 160 Bradley Warns: Crawford Can Win, But Pacquiao is NO Postol HBO Sports Head: We Want To Match The Best Fights Possible Olympic Boxers, Now Without Headgear, Worry About Cuts Dimitrenko Confident of Beating Parker, Derailing Joshua Fight Marlon Tapales Shocks Pungluang Sor Singyu, Wins WBO Belt Paul Smith Set For September Return, Won't Be on Liverpool Bill Abel Sanchez: Manny Pacquiao Should Fight Keith Thurman Photos: Robert Guerrero, Alfredo Angulo, Gausha Presser Paulie Malignaggi’s Master Plan: This is Just Step One Loeffler: Golovkin Will Have 3 Fights Prior To Canelo Fight Alfredo Angulo Eyes Gold: I Want a World Title Shot in 2017! Video: Timothy Bradley Talks Pacquiao vs. Crawford, More Video: Loeffler Talks Golovkin vs. Brook HBO Tripleheader Robert Guerrero Aims For Rematch With Danny Garcia
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement