By Luke Furman
A light heavyweight showdown between Adonis Stevenson and Eleider Alvarez is in serious negotiations, according to their mutual promoter Yvon Michel of GYM.
Alvarez has been the mandatory challenger, for nearly two years, for Stevenson's WBC light heavyweight title. The only thing left to do is to find a date that works for American television. The fight is going to take place in Quebec, says Michel.
"I spoke to the managers. You know the one who pulls a lot of strings in there is Al Haymon (the adviser of Stevenson and Alvarez). We are in the process of finalizing a date for the fall. I confirm that both will fight in the fall. Certainly if you talk about percentages, there's a much greater chance that the two will fight against each other than against different opponents, but I do not want to dismiss anything because it's not finalized. It should be worked out within a week," Michel told The Montreal Journal.
Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs) vs. Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs) will draw the interest of the American TV networks.
Michel is working out the details with Haymon. Both fighters are on board with the bout and for the moment that is the only option being pursued for both both boxers.
"I'm sure it's going to be a fight that will also interest American TV. I look at all of the opponents that Adonis has confronted and in my opinion... the most qualified is Eleider Alvarez. He's proved his worth. In everything I read or hear about Eleider Alvarez, he is considered a dangerous fight for Adonis," Michel said.
"Al Haymon has tremendous respect for both boxers. Whenever he talks to me about Eleider, he tells me how loyal he was, a good soldier who did everything that was asked of him. When he was offered an the opportunity to face Badou Jack in the summer, he was going to receive a very large amount of money and it was going to be part of one of the most popular cards in history. Unfortunately Eleider was injured and we could not do it."
"We are not going to negotiate another fight for Eleider. Before making this decision, one must look at whether or not there is a possibility of unification and for the moment there is none. Andre Ward is not ready to return to the ring and Badou Jack also has a mandatory defense to deliver. It seems that the WBA is very determined that his next opponent will be Dmitry Bivol. When we have a date, we will look at the possibility of unification one last time. In my opinion, we are headed for Stevenson-Alvarez. But do not sell the bear's skin before killing it. I talk to Al Haymon every day [about the fight]."
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.