WBC and lineal light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson will return to action on December 19 in Quebec City, facing Dmitry Sukhotsky in a Showtime-televised title defense.
Stevenson (24-1, 20 KO) has had something of a turbulent year. Early on in the year, it was claimed that he had a deal in place to meet Sergey Kovalev, but that evaporated when Stevenson signed with Al Haymon and defected from HBO to Showtime, where it was then assumed he would fight Bernard Hopkins sooner than later. Instead, Hopkins and Kovalev are facing one another on November 8 on HBO, and Stevenson has been left sort of twisting in the wind.
The 37-year-old southpaw champion beat Andrzej Fonfara on May 24 in Montreal, facing a much stiffer challenge than was expected, and Sukhotsky (22-2, 16 KO) may be a step back if anything. The 33-year-old Russian has past losses to Cornelius White and Juergen Braehmer, and he gave Braehmer a pretty decent fight, too. Given that Braehmer is a southpaw, that might bode well for this matchup in terms of it being more competitive than some may expect.
Even though this is certainly not the year of major fights that might have been hoped for from Stevenson, there may be something on the horizon with Jean Pascal, who returns December 6 in Montreal against Don George. Promoter Yvon Michel has a hold on the Bell Centre for April 4, 2015.
Artur Beterbiev, who recently trounced Tavoris Cloud, will also fight on the December 19 undercard, as will welterweight Kevin Bizier.