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Stevenson's Promoter on Leaving HBO For Showtime

Promoter Yvon Michel has issued a statement regarding the decision made by his company GYM, and WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, to take the May 24th clash with Andrzej Fonfara to Showtime. Stevenson was showcased several times by HBO in 2013. The network had hoped to match him in a unification with WBO champion Sergey Kovalev in 2014. Now Stevenson may be heading in another direction with his Showtime debut in May.

"First we want to thank HBO for the ride with Adonis in 2013. They gave him his first opportunity and they raised him to star status. We only have great things to say about all the HBO executive with whom we have worked very well with and have established great relationships," Michel stated. 

"I had presented what I believed was an excellent multi-fight agreement to Adonis from HBO, with a deadline set for March 11th for approval. After discussions we have decided to pass, because we got a better offer from Showtime. HBO had the right to match any offers so we sent them a copy. They had until today to match it but have decided otherwise."

"This was a pure business decision for all parties involved, nothing personal or immoral.  We wish to praise Stephen Espinoza of Showtime for his ambition to do business with Adonis and GYM, which was reflected in the offer he had presented. We are thankful to him. We are looking forward for a fruitful association. Adonis Stevenson was the Fighter of The Year for many websites and publications in 2013 and he felt he is treated that way. His goals are to keep fighting and winning spectacular fights by knockout, to unify the light heavyweight titles and to raise his recognition to the top 5 pound for pound this year."

"The next step is May 24th at the Montreal Bell Center against young #1 IBF/WBO and #3 WBC contender Andrzej Fonfara."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Sugar Adam Ali on 03-26-2014

[QUOTE=Russian Crushin;14365083]Expect he's not fighting Hopkins, he's fighting Fonfara. Stevenson got a pass for Fonfara because he said he would fight Kovalev next. Why exactly would he fight Fonfara instead of Kovalev, who would certainly be the more the more…

Comment by ManOnTheMoon on 03-26-2014

Boxing is pathetic! I used to love the sport before the Top Rank-HBO vs Golden Boy-Showtime stuff, but this is turning me away more and more. HBO giving us very poor BAD cards for the past year and "big" fights…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 03-26-2014

[QUOTE=Russian Crushin;14365083]The most lucrative option would be Kovalev and then Hopkins[/QUOTE] A Hopkins fight in Canada would actually be more lucrative for Stevenson I think. B-Hop has more name recognition and a history of higher television ratings than Kovalev. It…

Comment by tank17211 on 03-26-2014

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;14364003]Promoter Yvon Michel has issued a statement regarding the decision made by his company GYM, and WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, to take the May 24th clash with Andrzej Fonfara to Showtime. Stevenson was showcased several times by HBO…

Comment by Russian Crushin on 03-26-2014

[QUOTE=Sugar Adam Ali;14364664]Honestly I think the Hopkins fight would be slightly more lucrative.. His brand is much bigger than kovolev.. When it comes to the general public, they don't know what the best fights are to make, but they do…

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