By Luke Furman
As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) will likely defend his title in a rematch with Andrzej Fonfara (28-3, 16 KOs), according to information provided by Stevenson's promoter Yvon Michel to TVA Sports.
The fight could take place on a date in May in Montreal or June in Toronto.
They first met in 2014, with Fonfara getting hurt early in the fight and going down twice. But he shook off the cobwebs and came back in the second half to hurt and drop Stevenson.
Since their first meeting, Stevenson retained his title three times. He knocked out Dmitry Sukhotsky in five rounds, won a twelve round unanimous decision over Sakio Bika and knocked out Tommy Karpency in three rounds.
For his part, Fonfara found a lot of success with three big wins of his own. He won a ten round decision over Doudou Ngumbu, knocked out the 'Son of a Legend' Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in nine rounds last April, and then came back in October to win a twelve round decision over former WBO champion Nathan Cleverly in a 'Fight of The Year' candidate.
Michel says the fight is very credible and says even WBO/WBA/IBF light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev was trying to get Fonfara for his June return in Moscow.
"Boxing fans will be curious to watch this fight. It would be very legitimate in my eyes," Michel said.
"Fonfara is the highest ranked contender and since the last confrontation between the two, he became a more mature athlete at age 28. Even Kovalev admitted that he wants to get a fight against him. When they first met, Adonis was not at his best. Stevenson had suffered a back injury during his training camp and maybe he took Fonfara a little lightly. In this fight, it will be a great opportunity for our champion to set the record straight."
Both Stevenson and Fonfara are advised by Al Haymon. The winner would have to make a mandatory defense against undefeated Eleider Alvarez, who is also advised by Haymon and promoter by Michel's company GYM.
Luke Furman covers boxing for bokser.org.