These are dizzying times for RING/WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson, who signed with manager/advisor Al Haymon on Tuesday with the goal of unifying the 175-pound division.
By aligning himself with Haymon, regarded by many as the most powerful and influential man in boxing, Stevenson joins Floyd Mayweather Jr., Danny Garcia, Marcos Maidana, Lucas Matthysse, Adrien Broner and others.
"Now, I have so many more options," said Stevenson, a 36-year-old southpaw with a record of 23-1 that includes 20 knockouts. "It is great to know that I have a great advisor representing my future."
At present, Michel and Stevenson are in negotiations for an HBO-televised May 24 bout against Andrzej Fonfara at Bell Centre in Montreal with intentions of eventually facing WBO counterpart Sergey Kovalev, another HBO fighter, in the summer.
In the meantime, Golden Boy is planning a 175-pound unification bout for the spring that would feature IBF beltholder Bernard Hopkins and WBA titleholder Beibut Shumenov and likely take place on Showtime.
Stevenson and his promoter, Yvon Michel, have each expressed no concerns for the rivalry between networks Showtime and HBO, the latter of which has severed ties with Golden Boy, the promoter of many of Haymon's fighters such as Mayweather, Garcia, Matthysse, Maidana and Broner.
"I would like to fight Hopkins, Kovalev, and I have a lot of options toward the title unification, so I'm going to let Al Haymon and Yvon Michel deal with that," said Stevenson.
"HBO has been doing a great job with me, and I don't think that there will be any problems between HBO and Al Haymon. I know that he will take care of all of that and allow me to focus on knocking everybody out."
CANELO ALVAREZ-ALFREDO ANGULO ALL-ACCESS AIRS ON FEB. 28
A robust block of Showtime programming will precede and rugged veteran Alfredo Angulo.
The March 8 Showtime Pay Per View clash between Canelo Alvarez and Alfredo Angulo will be preceded by more than a week's worth of live and taped programming on Showtime, Showtime Extreme, CBS Sports Network, Showtime On DeMand, and on mobile devices through the network's website at Sho.com/Sports.
The programming will begin on Feb. 28 with an episode of All-Access: Alvarez vs Angulo at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and ends with Canelo vs. Angulo: Countdown Live on, March 8, a 90-minute live preview featuring at least one live undercard fight at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT.
The eight-days of live coverage will incluce the final press conference and official weigh-in, full fight replays and a Showtime Extreme "Roadblock" of four continuous hours of programming on fight day beginning at 10 a.m. ET/PT.
Billed as "Toe-To-Toe," the event will also match WBC 122-pound beltholder Leo Santa Cruz against Cristian Mijares and lightweight contender Omar Figueroa opposite Ricardo Alvarez, Canelo Alvarez's older brother.
Also on the card will be the first defense by IBF 154-pound titleholder Carlos Molina against prospect Jermall Charlo, the 23-year-old twin brother of unbeaten junior middleweight contender Jermell Charlo.
In the bout prior to the televised pay per view broadcast will be a lightweight fight between ex-beltholder Jorge Linares and Japan's Nihito Arakawa, the latter of whom rose from the canvas during a brutal unanimous decision loss to Figueroa in July.
JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR. VOWS 'BETTER MOVEMENT' AGAINST BRYAN VERA
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. said he will be in better shape and have "better movement" in his March 1 rematch with Bryan Vera, according to a release from his recent training session.
Chavez won a controversial 10-round unanimous decision victory over Vera in a September bout that took place in California at a 173-pound catchweight because Chavez was not able to make the originally contracted limit.
"I will make the 168-pound limit with no problem, and I will be able to do the things I could not do in first fight," said Chavez, who will be fined $250,000 if he weighs in over the contracted super middleweight limit.
"I will have better movement, I will be more consistent, and I will fight 12 hard rounds if that is what it takes to win this second fight."
In a poll of 59 media members, 53 scored the bout in favor of Vera, with the remaining six calling it a draw. In its round-by-round, RingTV.com scored the fight for Vera, 97-93.
"Vera is a tough guy with a good chin, but I will do my best to send him home early," said Chavez, who will meet Vera at The Alamodome in San Antonio.
"I know that we are fighting in [Vera’s] home state, but inside the ring is just the two of us, and the fans can stay in the stands and enjoy a great battle between two guys that will not give an inch in the ring."
MIKE TYSON'S KO KINGS OF TOMORROW STARTS SATURDAY
Former undisputed heavyweight champion-turned-boxing promoter Mike Tyson will play host to his new monthly boxing series, "KO Kings of Tomorrow," which debuts on on Saturday at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pa.
A featherweight bout featuring Claudio Marrero (14-1, 11 KOs) against Jose Angel Beranza (36-28-2, 28 KOs) will be the main event of the first show. Marrero-Beranza will be complemented by a bantamweight matchup between two-time Olympian Juan Carlos Payano (14-0, 8 KOs) and German Meraz (46-28-1, 25 KOs).
As a bonus, Tyson who will allow at least one chosen ticket buyer a ringside seat adjacent to him.
The card will also include 18-year-old welterweight Erickson Lubin (2-0, 2 KOs), once considered a top prospect to make the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, against Tirobio Ball (4-1-1, 1 KO).
In other bouts, Cuban light heavyweight Humberto "El Don" Savigne (11-8, 8 KOs) of Miami takes on Maxwell Taylor (18-6-1, 8 KOs), Cuban-born junior lightweight Alexei Collado (17-0, 16 KOs) meets Mexican Edgar Riovalle (36-16-2, 25 KOs), featherweight Dennis Galarza (2-0, 1 KO) takes on Jesus Gonzalez (1-1), and Samuel Vasquez (11-0, 7 KOs) fights Berlin Abreau (7-0, 5 KOs) in a welterweight bout.
TOP RANK SIGNS FORMER OLYMPIAN EGIDIJUS KAVALIAUSKAS
Lithuanian welterweight Egidijus Kavaliauskas, a 2012 Olympian, has signed with Top Rank and will debut on March 29 at The Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum announced on Thursday.
A 25-year-old bronze medal winner in the 2011 world championships, Kavaliauskas is 4-0 with three straight knockouts as a professional, and is being trained by Robert Garcia.
"Kavaliauskas will put his mark on the welterweight division and will bring Lithuania onto the pro boxing map," said his manager, Egis Klimas, who also has Vasyl Lomachenko and Sergey Kovalev.
RUSTAM NUGAEV FIGHTS MARVIN QUINTERO ON MARCH 7
Lightweight Rustam Nugaev (26-6-1, 16 KOs) will meet Marvin Quintero (25-4, 21 KOs) on March 7 at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort in Pala, Calif., on ESPN's Friday Night Fights, according to a release from Gary Shaw Productions, Greg Cohen Promotions, Antonio Leonard Promotions and All In Entertainment.
The co-main event matches junior featherweight Roman Morales (17-0, 9 KOs) and Khabir Suleymanov (16-3, 6 KOs), with welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (20-0, 11 KOs) battling Michael Balasi (10-3, 7 KOs) in the broadcast opener. In another other bout, lightweight Alejandro Luna (16-0, 12 KOs) takes on Sergio Riviera (18-14-2, 11 KOs).
UNBEATEN MIKE REED MEETS BILAL MAHASIN IN A CLASH OF UNBEATENS ON MARCH 7
Welterweight Mike Reed (7-0, 5 KOs) will pursue his second straight knockout against Bilal Mahasin (4-0) at the Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, Md., on March 7, according to a release by Keystone Boxing.