Adonis Stevenson awaits IBF title shot

Updated: January 14, 2013

by Francis Walker

Adonis Stevenson (19-1, 16 KOs) is the highest ranked contender in the International Boxing Federation and is pressuring world super middleweight champion Carl Froch (30-2-0, 22 KOs) for a title shot.

The IBF has ordered the promoters for both fighters to reach an agreement prior to the January 15, 2013 deadline. Afterwards, there will be a purse bid.  The only dilemma is that Froch is pondering a lucrative rematch with WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler, who defeated him in the Super Six World Boxing Classic nearly three years ago. In the event Froch moves ahead to fight Kessler without an exemption from the IBF, Stevenson will be permitted to fight for a vacant IBF title against another highly ranked contender.

“I’m finally realizing my goal of a world championship fight, facing a great champion like Carl Froch,” Stevenson said in a recent statement. “I know he’s had great victories during his career, particularly against two other Quebec fighters, Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute, but I have all of the tools needed to emerge victorious in a great fight. I would obviously like the fight to take place here in Quebec, but I have no problem winning the title in England, if necessary. ”

Stevensons’ promoter Yvon Michel said: “Carl Froch not only has the obligation to fight Adonis Stevenson, but the ‘Superman’ fight is certainly the most profitable, as well as the best alternative for the champion and his only way to keep his IBF title belt. I know Froch’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, wants this fight to take place in England, and he has also sent an interesting offer for a date in May. From our side, we will rally all of Quebec Nation to get behind us and try to convince the Super Six finalist to come here to defend his crown in March or April. We have also sent a very generous offer for this purpose. He had the opportunity to beat Pascal and Bute at his home in Nottingham. Isn’t it his turn to visit us in Quebec?”

At age 35, Adonis Stevenson may have only one shot at winning a world title. Since his professional debut in 2006, Stevenson has fought exclusively out of Canada. His lone defeat outside of Canada was in the United States in 2010 to Darnell Boone, a journeyman with 15 losses.  Stevenson was stopped inside two rounds. Stevenson is currently riding a consecutive-win streak by knockout.

Maywetaher vs. Guerrero in May?

There is ongoing speculation that Floyd Mayweather is going to fight Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in 2013. Mayweather accounted that he is fighting on May 4, and during the weekend of September 17. Alvarez is currently preparing for a sixth defense of the WBC super welterweight championship on May 4, as well. Though it is doubtful that a Mayweather-Alvarez fight will happen in May, the two could meet ijn September. Mayweather hasn’t fought since his impressive 12-round decision win against Miguel Cotto last year May prior to a 60-day jail stint last summer. In 2012, Alvarez witnessed two compelling fights with Victor Ortiz and Miguel Cotto blow-up in smoke. Should Mayweather-Alvarez not happen in May, there are alternative options for both parties. Mayweather could return against a surging Robert Guerrero, while Alvarez could still hammer out a fight with Cotto. Alvarez-Cotto is an attractive option although he lost to undefeated WBA 154-pound champion Austin Trout at Madison Square Garden in December 2012.

At long last, WBA orders Klitschko vs. Povetkin

Wladimir Klitschko, the unified IBF/WBA and WBO/IBO/Ring Magazine heavyweight champion, may finally have a chance at Alexander Povetkin. The WBA has ordered K2 Promotions and Sauerland Event Box Promotion to come to terms negotiating a mandatory fight between Klitschko and Povetkin. Klitschko has twice signed to fight Povetkin, who was WBA mandatory for more than three years. Povetkin has twice pulled out of fights with Klitschko, which at one time left the 6’ 7,” 245-pound Ukrainian scrambling for an opponent in September 2009. Klitschko, instead, destroyed longtime nemesis Samuel Peter, via ninth round knockout in a rematch. As Klitschko was elevated to WBA ‘super’ champion following a dramatic pointds win against David Haye in July 2011, Povetkin was able to become a heavyweight titlist by fighting for the WBA ‘regular’ title… Povetkin has has soft-touch, after-soft touch, and struggled with the ever talented and rugged WBO cruiserweight champion, Marco Huck. Povetkin, an undefeated heavyweight titlist, figures to give Klitschko a competitive fight, but doesn’t have the size of the power to dethrone a champion that has made 12 consecutive successful defenses of the heavyweight championship he won, via repeat knockout of Chris Byrd in April 2006.

Adamek, Pulev eye IBF No 1-ranking

Not only is Povetkin in line for a championship match with Klitschko, but so is the winner of the final IBF elimination contest between Tomasz Adamek and unbeaten Kurbat Pulev. The fight should happen during the spring in Adamek’s home country of Poland. Adamek’s two losses were in title fights to Chad Dawson (as a light-heavyweight) and Vitali Klitschko (WBC heavyweight champion) in September 2011. Adamek, a former IBF cruiserweight and WBC light-heavyweight champion, has complied an 11-1 record as a heavyweight contender and is coming off three consecutive wins against Eddie Chambers, Travis Walker and a rematch with Steve Cunningham.

The rise of David Price

Perhaps a more worthy challenger for the world heavyweight championship (down the road) is 2008 Olympic gold medalist David Price of Great Britain. The 6’ 5,”  240-pound Price is a hard-hitter and is getting better with each fight. David Price, big and tall unbeaten Olympic gold medalist, is one of the newest faces on the rise in the heavyweight division. Price, maybe within the next two years, could close in on a shot at one of the Klitschko brothers.. With 13 KOs in 15 professional fights, Price has stunning knockout wins against Matt Skelton and most noticeably Audley Harrison, a previous Olympic gold medal winner at the 2004 Olympic Games. While there is talk of an anticipated fight with fellow Brit Tyson Fury, Price is scheduled to fight two-time heavyweight title challenger Tony Thompson in February. Thompson lost two title challenges to Wladimir Klitschko  in 2008, via 11th round knockout and in 2012, via 6th round KO. In attempt to draw comparisons to Klitschko, Price’s team may match him with guys Klitschko already beaten. I have a weird feeling Price will dispatch Thompson much earlier than Klitschko did in their second fight. Price will continue to matched with good names, but guys remotely past their primes. Price may eventually fight Klitschko which would be a very intriguing fight considering Price’s youth and Klitschko’s longevity as world heavyweight champion.

Lamont Peterson defends junior lightweight title in February

Lamont Peterson, following a 14-month absence due to a positive post-fight exam after having lifted the WBA/IBF junior welterweight titles away from Amir Khan, via split decision, in December 2011, will finally defend his championship for the first time. Peterson, who was stripped of the WBA title, will defend the IBF crown in the main event of an ESPN Friday Night Fights telecast from the Armory in his hometown of Washington, D.C. Peterson defends against mandatory challenger Kendall Holt, a former WBO 140-pound champion. Peterson returns home to the place where he lifted the title from Khan in a stunning upset that saw Khan docked one-point in the final round of a dramatic fight. Peterson, who suffered a knockdown early in the fight and was easily getting beat by Khan, displayed a relentless will to win and to fight his way back into contention against Khan. Let’s see if the 14-month layoff had any effect on Peterson. Inactivity is a fighter’s worst enemy.


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