By Keith Idec, photos by Stephanie Trapp
Adonis Stevenson and Andrzej Fonfara both made weight without any difficulty Friday for their light heavyweight championship rematch Saturday night.
The 39-year-old Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs), who’ll defend his WBC 175-pound championship, weighed in at 173.6 pounds late Friday afternoon at Casino de Montreal. The 29-year-old Fonfara (29-4, 17 KOs, 1 NC) was slightly heavier than Stevenson (174.2 pounds).
Their 12-round rematch will be the main event of a “Showtime Championship Boxing” doubleheader from Bell Centre in Montreal. The action is set to begin at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
The Haitian-born, Quebec-based Stevenson overcame a ninth-round knockdown to win their first fight by unanimous decision three years ago. The Polish-born, Chicago-based Fonfara also got up from a knockdown apiece during the first and fifth rounds to finish that 12-round fight on his feet in May 2014 at Bell Centre.
“It’s very interesting because the first fight was a war and it was a good fight,” Stevenson told BoxingScene.com. “And now I’m fighting him again. Now he’s got a new trainer, Virgil Hunter. I know he will be prepared very well. Anyway, Fonfara is always prepared very well when he fights, except one [against Joe Smith Jr.] But now he’s fighting for the championship, so I know he has a lot of motivation to win. That’s why I’m prepared very well and trained very hard for this fight, because I know this fight is not gonna be easy. But me, I always look for the knockout. So I’m going for the knockout.”
The opener of Showtime’s doubleheader also will feature light heavyweights. That 12-rounder, which will determine the mandatory challenger for Stevenson’s title, will pit former lineal light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal against former sparring partner and stablemate Eleider Alvarez.
The 34-year-old Pascal (31-4-1, 18 KOs, 1 NC), another native of Haiti who resides in Quebec, weighed in at 174.6 pounds Friday. The 33-year-old Alvarez (22-0, 11 KOs), a Montreal resident raised in Colombia, also weighed 174.6 pounds Friday.
“I had my whole training camp in Montreal,” Pascal told BoxingScene.com. “That was my first time doing that since a long time. Usually, I like to go away to train … but this time around, I decided to stay at home, with my family and my friends and also my medical staff. It was easier for everybody and also for myself. That was a great thing, that I did that. Now we’re sharp, we’re looking good and we’re ready to unleash the fury.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.