Michel Says We’re Still on Track To See Adonis Fight Kovalev-Pascal Winner

Adonis Stevenson burst on the scene in a wicked way, dropping and stopping Chad Dawson in June of 2013, and that marked a turning point for the man in whom Emanuel Steward saw immense promise. Some of that promise has been shown to be the truth, as the Haitian-born hitter won the WBC light heavy title in his next outing, against Tavoris Cloud. But the political scene in the sport has, arguably, retarded his growth, or at least, our best appraisal at his true chops.

He was on track to meet up with Sergey Kovalev last year, but made a business decision which he found to be more to his liking. Signing on with uber advisor Al Haymon meant that Adonis would not find himself on a collision course with Kovalev. Kovalev is a Main Events/HBO guy, Adonis is an Al/Showtime guy.

We got word the other day about Adonis’ next defense, his fourth, after notching wins over Tony Bellew, a B grade Brit, rugged Andrrzej Fonfara and then journeyman-ish Dmitriy Sukhostkiy.

Adonis meets Sakio Bika on April 4, and that certainly represents a step up in difficulty, I think, than his last three foes. Bika comes to rumble, in shape, and Adonis will have to be on message to defend. But…I’m a fan first, and always want the no brainer matchups to get made. Adonis vs the winner of the March 14 tangle between Sergey Kovalev and Jean Pascal is just that, a no brainer…in a perfect world. And we know this world isn’t and that political and financial factions are still preventing some matches we should be enjoying from being made.

I asked Adonis’ promoter, Yvon Michel, if we are still on track to see Adonis meet the Kovalev/Pascal winner.

“Kathy Duva has requested to the WBC to have the winner of that fight be the mandatory contender to Stevenson,” Michel told me. “We love it and will go for it.” Sounds swell. What about the all-powerful Haymon; will he? “Stevenson wants it and Al will support that! It would certainly go to purse bid because I can’t see a negotiated agreement, though.”

Likely so, that. HBO guy, Showtime guy…hard to see how that gets sorted. But I sit in the optimist chair, as much as I can, so I will root for common ground to be found, and for Stevenson, should he handle Bika on April 4, to glove up with the winner of Kovalev-Pascal. Duva sits more so in the realist chair; when I alerted her to Michel’s update to me, she shook her head, and indicated that she didn’t see how competing players could get near enough to being on the same page. Stay tuned, as ever, friends..

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COMMENTS

-Domenic :

Adonis had a chance to fight Kovalev and went running for cover. This fight has ZERO chance. But most observers know that calling Stevenson 'champ' is a joke. He's as much a 'champ' as Cotto is at middleweight, which is not at all (no disrespect to Cotto, who indeed would be more apt to fight Kovalev that Stevenson).


-deepwater2 :

Bika is a step down because he is a super middle and not a light heavy. What track is Michel even talking about? they were on track and they got off the track and into a ditch after HBO moved them where they wanted to be. Shameful match. How the hell did Bika get a shot after losing his last fight at super middle? He gets to challenge for light heavy without a notable win? Joke Fight! More ammo for my mma buddies to rip boxing and i just have to sit there and say damn that AL HAYMON is pimping a damn pimp.


-The Commish :

Bika is a step down because he is a super middle and not a light heavy. What track is Michel even talking about? they were on track and they got off the track and into a ditch after HBO moved them where they wanted to be. Shameful match. How the hell did Bika get a shot after losing his last fight at super middle? He gets to challenge for light heavy without a notable win? Joke Fight! More ammo for my mma buddies to rip boxing and i just have to sit there and say damn that AL HAYMON is pimping a damn pimp.
While I think that Bika is a fairly decent super middleweight, I agree that to be thrown into a light heavyweight title match is ludicrous. But this is exactly what Adonis Stevenson wanted and was looking for when he bolted after hearing Kovalev's footsteps closing in on him. He did what any scared light heavyweight champion would do: He ran sniveling, sniffling and shivering to Uncle Al's open arms and bulging financial muscles and to the knowledge that Haymon had the connection to give him protection. For Stevenson, it was totally the right move. With Haymon at his side, Stevenson is a champion who may never have to face his number one adversary, Sergei Kovalev. The reason will be blamed on the fact that one of them (Stevenson) is a Showtime fighter, while the other (Kovalev) is an HBO fighter. However, Kathy Duva is a brilliant businessperson with a terrific staff. She will steer Kovalev into a mandatory shot at Stevenson's title, and the Haymon/Stevenson team will have no choice but to take the fight. If it goes to purse bid, the purse bid winner will decide what network will get the fight. Paraphrasing Joe Louis a little: "They can run, but they can't hide." -Randy G.


-amayseng :

While I think that Bika is a fairly decent super middleweight, I agree that to be thrown into a light heavyweight title match is ludicrous. But this is exactly what Adonis Stevenson wanted and was looking for when he bolted after hearing Kovalev's footsteps closing in on him. He did what any scared light heavyweight champion would do: He ran sniveling, sniffling and shivering to Uncle Al's open arms and bulging financial muscles and to the knowledge that Haymon had the connection to give him protection. For Stevenson, it was totally the right move. With Haymon at his side, Stevenson is a champion who may never have to face his number one adversary, Sergei Kovalev. The reason will be blamed on the fact that one of them (Stevenson) is a Showtime fighter, while the other (Kovalev) is an HBO fighter. However, Kathy Duva is a brilliant businessperson with a terrific staff. She will steer Kovalev into a mandatory shot at Stevenson's title, and the Haymon/Stevenson team will have no choice but to take the fight. If it goes to purse bid, the purse bid winner will decide what network will get the fight. Paraphrasing Joe Louis a little: "They can run, but they can't hide." -Randy G.
Absolutely. Adonis had me excited after the Dawson win, especially since he is a pupil of the late great ES. Sadly, he has been nothing but a disappointment since his title win.