MONTRÉAL - Undefeated No. 1 light heavyweight contender Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) has found a solid boxer to face him on the July 29 card, featuring the WBC and lineal world light heavyweight title fight between defending champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) and challenger Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs), at the Videotron Centre. WBC Silver light heavyweight champion Alvarez will face New Zealand southpaw slugger Robert "The Butcher" Berridge (27-4-1, 21 KOs).
The Alvarez-Berridge co-feature, scheduled for 10 rounds at a 180-pound catch-weight, will air on Spike TV in the United States. Named "The Butcher" because of his aggressive style and power, the 31-year-old Australian sputhpaw has won the several regional titles during his pro career including New Zealand (2013 and 2015), WBC Asia (2013), PABA (2013-2014) and WBO Oriental (2013-2014).
"I prepared to face a southpaw in Chad Dawson and Berridge is also left-handed, so adapting will be easier," Alvarez said. "I tip my hat to him for accepted this challenge with only a 10-day notice
"For sure, I am really disappointed in Dawson's withdrawal, but these things happen that you cannot control. I'm still happy to get in the ring of the Vidéotron Centre in Quebec City."
"Berridge is an aggressive, powerful and fierce fighter," Groupe Yvon Michel president (GYM) Yvon Michel added. "We are pleased to have found an opponent of this quality to face Alvarez in front of the Spike TV cameras."
A new rival for Bouchard Popular Sébastien Bouchard (13-1, 4 KOs), of Baie-Saint-Paul, Canada, has a new opponent, Alejandro Herrera (14-3-2, 5 KOs), in a six-round bout.
Stevenson-Williams referee and judges announced - Names of the officials for the Stevenson vs. Williams main event fight have also been disclosed. The referee will be Michael Griffin (Quebec), the three ringside judges Richard DeCarufel (Quebec), Massimo Barrovecchio (Italy) and Juergen Langos (Germany), plus supervisor
Bob Logist (Belgium).
Two public training sessions were planned this weekend on Grande Allée Boulevard in Quebec City. The first, featuring Stevenson, took place today (Saturday) and tomorrow several undercard boxers will workout starting at 1 p.m. ET.
Tickets for the "SHOOTOUT" event, jointly promoted by GYM and Gestev and presented by Vidéotron, in collaboration with Mise-O-Jeu, start at $50.00 and are on sale and available to purchase at www.ticketmaster.ca, the Videotron Centre Box Office, calling GYM at (514) 383-0666 andthe Champion Boxing club (514) 376-0980, or by dialing 1-855-790-1245