By Carlos Boogs
As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) would not return to the ring in late April against undefeated contender Sean Monaghan at the Nassau Coliseum in New York.
Stevenson has now revealed that he's finalized a deal to fight tough Polish contender Andrzej Fonfara (29-4, 17 KOs) in a rematch on June 3rd, and the fight will take place in Canada.
Stevenson and Fonfara first met in May of 2014, in and the champion won a twelve round unanimous decision. After Fonfara was dropped and badly hurt in the early rounds, the fight appeared to be on the verge of being over - but the Polish fighter came back strong in the championship rounds and even dropped a tiring Stevenson.
Since their first fight, Fonfara had his share of ups and downs - but his career has been more positive than negative.
He won a ten round unanimous decision over Doudou Ngumbu, and then followed up that win with one of his biggest career accomplishments - when he knocked out Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in nine rounds in April of 2015.
Fonfara came back that October and won twelve round war that many saw as a Fight of The Year candidate over current WBA 'regular' champion Nathan Cleverly.
Fonfara career hit a huge detour when he was shockingly knocked out in the first round by Joe Smith last June, in what many thought would be an easy fight against an untested Smith. Fonfara bounced back last month at the Barclays Center in New York, when he stopped former world champion Chad Dawson in ten rounds.
Stevenson has not been that active in recent years. He's been out of the ring since July 2016, when he knocked out Thomas Williams Jr. in four rounds. And prior to that he was in action in September 2015, when he knocked out Tommy Karpency in three rounds.
Stevenson vs. Fonfara II will be televised by Showtime.