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Promoter: Adonis Stevenson, Artur Berterbiev could return on April 4


RING light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson and Russian 175-pound prospect Artur Beterbiev could return to action in separate bouts against opponents to be determined on April 4 at the Colisee de Quebec in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, promoter Yvon Michel informed on Sunday.

“We’re still working on it and we haven’t announced anything yet. That’s a possibility, but we’re not ready to announce anything with that,” said Michel. “What we are working on is on April 4 with Adonis and Beterbiev, and I have reserved the place in Quebec City, but we’re still waiting for some confirmation from TV and for opponents. We’re working on it.”

A 37-year-old southpaw who also holds the WBC belt, Stevenson (25-1, 21 knockouts) was last in action for a fifth round knockout of Dmitry Sukhotsky, and is 15-1 with 14 knockouts in his past 16 fights.

Prior to Sukhotsky, Stevenson earned a unanimous decision over Andrzej Fonfara in May, a victory that ended Stevenson’s run of 10 consecutive stoppage wins since being knocked out by Darnell Boone in April 2010.

Beterbiev (7-0, 7 KOs), who turned 30 on Jan. 21, is coming off last month’s second round stoppage of previously undefeated Jeff Page Jr., rising from a first round knockdown to drop Page three times in the final round. Prior to facing Page, Beterbiev scored a second round stoppage of former IBF titleholder Tavoris Cloud in September.

Cloud represented the second fighter with a winning record to face Beterbiev, a resident of Montreal, Canada, who still has gone as far as four rounds just once. In his previous fight in September 2013, Cloud lost by seventh-round knockout to Stevenson.