Adonis Stevenson announces he will fight Thomas Williams July 16
The last time WBC light heavyweight titleholder Adonis Stevenson was in the ring atop a national stage, he tried to crash Sergey Kovalev’s victory party over Jean Pascal back in January, screaming “I’m the real champ.”
There, Stevenson had to be comically held back by his bodyguards after Kovalev made clucking sounds and called the boxer “Adonis Chickenson” during an interview on HBO. It’s the closest fans have gotten to see a light heavyweight unification match between the two knockout artists, who have circled each other for years with on-again-off-again talks. But the public will have to get used to Stevenson fighting someone else for now.
Stevenson (27-1, 22 knockouts) created more fuss on Sunday when he announced on Twitter that he will be facing Thomas Williams Jr. on July 16 “in the province of Quebec,” he wrote. Stevenson’s seventh defense is his first fight since he stopped Tommy Karpency in three rounds last September in Toronto. The bout will either take place on Fox or Showtime. Showtime boxing chief Stephen Espinoza said the likelihood was good it would be on his network. Williams also tweeted out he’s facing Stevenson on Sunday.
Stevenson, for all his talent, hasn’t had a standout performance since he demolished Chad Dawson in the first round back in 2013 to wrest away the WBC title. But in the rugged Williams, the 38-year-old may have the perfect foil to produce a signature effort. Williams (20-1, 14 KOs) banged out a second-round stoppage against Edwin Rodriguez in April in a Pier 6 brawl. The bout before, Williams had to rise off the canvas to stop Umberto Savigne last November in another second-round stoppage. A call to Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel wasn’t immediately returned. Attempts to reach Williams also weren’t immediately successful.