By Luke Furman
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson is hoping that his countryman, Jean Pascal, wins big this coming weekend in Atlantic City.
Pascal will challenge undefeated WBA light heavyweight world champion Dmitry Bivol - who Stevenson is not very impressed with.
"Dmitry Bivol is a good boxer, but he's the most vulnerable champion in light heavyweight, in my opinion," said Stevenson to the Montreal Journal. "We see that he wants to gain fame by winning against Pascal. He wants to use it to get into the division. A unification against Bivol would not be a big attraction and it would not be a fight for me."
Should Pascal win - then all four of the major champions at 175-pounds will be from Canada - with Artur Beterbiev holding the IBF belt and Eleider Alvarez with the WBO.
"I hope he wins because he's a guy from home," said Stevenson. "His victory would be good for Quebec and Canada. It would send a clear message on the international scene that Canada can have several champions in the same weight category.
"If Jean wins, we could write a page of history by having the four champions from the same weight category from the same province. I have never seen that in Quebec or in Canada. We should enjoy it because it would be a rare phenomenon in boxing. "
Stevenson believes that Pascal has the tools to overcome Bivol. And he explains why.
"It's true he's fast with his hands," Stevenson said. "It will be [dangerous] if you stay in front of him and you stay within his reach. This is a characteristic that can be seen with Russian boxers.
"On the other hand, if you make regular lateral movements, his speed will decrease. You do not have to stay in front of him and I'm pretty sure Jean knows about this reality. When you go in the ring, the predictions do not mean anything. In a fight, you never know what can happen. A punch can change everything. When the bell rings, one must never forget that every boxer is a punch away from defeat."
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org