Adonis Stevenson chases elusive championship shot, wants matches with top ten fighters

17 May

On The Beak – Admin

Based on his last five fights, super middleweight contender Adonis Stevenson (18-1-0, 15ko) is beginning to live up to his nickname, Superman. Stevenson, his promoter, Yvon Michel, as well as his Hall of Fame manager/trainer, Emanuel Steward, believe he’s ready to fight any of the 168-pound top ten fighters/champions having already slayed Noe Gonzalez, Jesus Gonzales and Aaron Pryor Jr in his three most recent outings.

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Stevenson is famed for his concussive power and has stretched his last five opponents

Stevenson’s display case is even threatening to collapse from the added weight of all his stored title belts: (reigning) WBC Silver, IBF Inter-Continental, NABA, NABO, plus the WBC International, WBC Continental Americas, and Canadian straps Adonis formerly held.

All he’s missing now is a world title belt, something he hopes to acquire this year, given a legitimate shot to challenge.  Superman is qualified to fight any of the world super middleweight champions as a world-rated contender in each of the four major governing bodies: number two with the IBF, three with the WBC and seven with both the WBA and WBO.

The dream match for the Haitian-born Stevenson, who lives in the Montreal of Longueuill, is, of course, a showdown in Montreal with IBF champion Lucian Bute but the long-reigning world titlist is making a defense on May 26 against Carl Froch. Super WBA and WBC champion Andre Ward is practically locked into a fight with WBC light heavyweight title-holder Chad Dawson, likely in September.

“My goal is to become world champion,” Stevenson said. “I don’t care who I fight for the world title… Bute, Ward or any world champion. I want to prove that I’m the best super middleweight in the world. I have the best trainer in the world, Manny Steward, and he’s trained me to be much more than just a big puncher.

“I’ve improved a lot since I’ve been with him and I’m using my speed and movement to become more of a complete fighter. If none of the world champions are willing to fight me, I’ll continue improving, fighting top ten opponents, hopefully in a title eliminator, until I become a mandatory challenger.”

Michel added: “Adonis Stevenson has proven that he’s one of the best super middleweights in the world. He’s better than ever since he teamed up with Manny. We know that he’s ready for anybody and is the most deserving contender.

“If the WBC is seeking a replace for injured number one rated Anthony Dirrell, ‘Superman’ is ready to fight in a title eliminator against anybody. It’s only matter of time before ‘Superman’ adds a world title to his belt collection.”

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