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Showtime picks up Stevenson-Fonfara June 3, part of packed spring

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Apr

Adonis Stevenson’s light heavyweight title defense against Andrzej Fonfara on June 3 will air on Showtime, the network announced on Monday as part of its run-down for its spring schedule. Showtime also announced separate events for Adrien Broner and lightweight titleholder Mikey Garcia this summer, though opponents have not been named.

The bout between Stevenson and Fonfara is a rematch of their 2014 clash that saw Stevenson taste the canvas in the ninth round and hang on for a unanimous decision win. The co-feature to Stevenson-Fonfara will be another light heavyweight matchup between Eleider Alvarez and Jean Pascal.

Stevenson had been in talks to face Joe Smith Jr. before a deal could not be reached for April 29 at the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum. He then turned his attention to Seanie Monaghan, another Long Island resident, only to bail on those talks in favor of a second fight with Fonfara, which is expected to take place in Stevenson’s backyard of Quebec at the Bell Centre.

Showtime’s packed lineup of seven world title fights across eight broadcasts in an eight-week span also includes the following: Andre Berto vs. Shawn Porter and Jermell Charlo vs. Charles Hatley on Saturday (Amanda Serrano vs. Dahiana Santa will be on Showtime Extreme; Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko on April 29; Gervonta Davis vs. Liam Walsh, as well as Gary Russell Jr. vs. Oscar Escandon, Andre Dirrell vs. Jose Uzcategui and Rances Barthelemy vs. Kiryl Relikh on May 20 from two sites; Kell Brook vs. Errol Spence Jr. on May 27; and Joel Diaz Jr. vs. Abel Ramos on June 9 on ShoBox.

“Showtime continues its unrivaled commitment to the sport,” Showtime boxing head Stephen Espinoza said in a press release. “There simply is no other network in boxing delivering world-class events on a consistent basis. Our 2017 schedule already includes some 17 live boxing telecasts, 15 world championship fights, with the top-rated fighters squaring off in boxing’s deepest weight divisions. We continue to break the glass ceiling on women’s boxing, deliver the biggest bouts from overseas and see champions take on champions to unify divisions.  We are proud to be re-shaping the boxing landscape both in and out of the ring.”

  • Stephen M

    “Showtime continues its unrivaled commitment to the sport,”, the same cannot be said for Stevenson.

    • Koninbeor

      “Stevenson had been in talks to face Joe Smith Jr. before a deal could not be reached for April 29 at the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum.”

      Smith: Hey, you wanna fight?
      Stevenson: No.

      “He then turned his attention…”

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    • Ten Count Toronto

      So basically one fight – Brook vs Spence – that I’d go out of my way to see up till now, and it’s a pretty good bet the Garcia & Broner fights will easy money (although it’s getting tricky to find safe fights for Broner).

      Stevenson? Blah, sure it’s possible Fonfara is still a better fighter than Smith or Monaghan , but wouldn’t it have looked better to fight the guy who KO’d Fonfara in the 1st round or actually fight your mandatory, before going back to Fonfara??

  • Michel Desgrottes

    Rematch should have happened at least two years ago

  • Charlie U.

    I will root for Fonfara like he is my father, son, brother, and best friend all rolled into one. Forget Ward-Kovalev, nothing could be better for the division than to have Stevenson lose his belt.

    • Harry

      This won’t happen with Fonfara. Joe Smith would definitely kick his ass, but Fonfara is no longer on the rise.

  • Robert Archambault

    Another ‘huge’ Stevenson fight that will be lucky to sell 8000 tickets either in Quebec or Montreal What a waste. Adonis continues his quest to become the most inconsequential champion in boxing. There is not point in a rematch at this point in his career against an already vanquished opponent. That is what you do when there is no one left to fight.

    • Koninbeor

      Give me one name at LHW bigger than Fonfara. For that matter, give me one name at ANY weight bigger than Fonfara.

      • Robert Archambault

        I hear Showtime is trying to line up a series of bouts featuring Peter Quillin against Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello and anyone else who played a stripper in Magic Mike.

      • Robert Archambault

        I hear Showtime is trying to line up a series of bouts featuring Peter Quillin against Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello and anyone else who played a stripper in Magic Mike.

        • Chuckss Joness

          lol

      • bradman

        How about Nathan Cleverly?

  • Ten Count Toronto

    Booking Pascal for this fight is borderline criminal negligence. Pascal should be on the same circuit as James Toney, Roy Jones & Shannon Briggs.

  • Reggie Woodard

    Stevenson has to be the worst linear champ in recent, if not, all of boxing history…

  • Harry

    Joe Smith would surely kick Stevenson’s ass so Adonis predictably ran from him as well. He has already run from Hopkins, Pascal, Kovalev and Smith, not to mention Beterbiev whom Michel Pascal would never match with Adonis.

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