Stevenson-Jack Announcement Imminent for May 19 in Montreal

By Keith Idec

Now that Adonis Stevenson’s mandatory challenger is headed in a different direction, Stevenson can move forward with his higher-profile fight against Badou Jack.

Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs) and Jack (22-1-2, 13 KOs) agreed several months ago to fight May 19. Yvon Michel, whose Quebec-based company promotes Stevenson, issued a press release 2 ½ months ago that indicated Stevenson-Jack would take place at Bell Centre in Montreal, where the Haitian-born, Quebec-based Stevenson has fought 12 times as a pro.

Michel couldn’t put tickets on sale, however, until an issue with Eleider Alvarez, the mandatory challenger for Stevenson’s WBC light heavyweight title, was officially resolved Wednesday. Michel acknowledged to last week that the Stevenson-Alvarez predicament was holding up his promotion of the more appealing Stevenson-Jack fight.


Alvarez also is promoted by Michel, who was working on a step-aside agreement with Alvarez’s manager, Stephane Lepine, that would’ve allowed Stevenson-Jack to proceed as planned. The undefeated southpaw has been the WBC’s mandatory challenger for Stevenson’s title since defeating South Africa’s Isaac Chilemba in November 2015, yet he has fought four times since then, twice on Stevenson’s undercards.

Now that Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs) instead agreed to fight WBO champ Sergey Kovalev, an announcement is expected no later than Thursday regarding ticket sales for the Stevenson-Jack card.

Michel ultimately came to an agreement with Main Events CEO Kathy Duva for Alvarez to challenge Russia’s Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs) sometime this summer ( Kovalev is promoted by Main Events.

Alvarez signed a contract Wednesday morning to finalize the deal. The date and venue for the Kovalev-Alvarez fight haven’t been finalized, but HBO will televise their 12-round fight for the Kovalev’s 175-pound championship.

Showtime will air Stevenson-Jack as the main event of split-site doubleheader May 19.

That telecast also will feature a 12-round bout between WBC featherweight champ Gary Russell Jr. (28-1, 17 KOs), of Capitol Heights, Maryland, and mandatory challenger Joseph Diaz Jr. (26-0, 14 KOs), of Downey, California. Russell-Diaz will headline a separate card May 19 at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by PunchyPotorff on 04-19-2018

Stevenson/Jack IMO will be more interesting than Stevenson/Alvarez anyway. Can't wait.

Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 04-18-2018

[QUOTE=Jsmooth9876;18683913]Nevermind that, if he has both Adonis and Alvarez, why couldn't he get those two in the ring the past 2or 3 years the dude has been mandatory lol.[/QUOTE] Michel is got damn weasel of a man! I really am…

Comment by Jsmooth9876 on 04-18-2018

[QUOTE=Squ□redCircle34;18683327]Wait a min, Michel and Kathy Duva came together for Kov vs Alvarez but not for Prime Kovalev vs Prime Stevenson for all of the belts?!! SMFH[/QUOTE] Nevermind that, if he has both Adonis and Alvarez, why couldn't he get…

Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 04-18-2018

[QUOTE=Mammoth;18683376]Who is Beterbiev with?[/QUOTE] I think he's still with Haymon but trying to get out of being managed by Yvon Michel cuz he wouldn't let Beterbiev get a shot at Stevenson! So he's on ice for awhile but fortunately he's…

Comment by Afi23 on 04-18-2018

Win or lose, I hope that Jack doesn't take too much punishment. It was painful to see on the Lara vs Hurd broadcast that this warrior already slurs his words a bit.

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