CHAD DAWSON TO DEFEND TITLE VS. ADONIS STEVENSON
Press Release: Super middleweight Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (20-1, 17 KOs), is moving up in weight to challenge WBC light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson (31-2, 17 KOs) on Saturday night, June 8th, live on HBO Championship
Boxing from the famed Bell Centre in Montreal.
The boxing event is included in the Canada Formula One Grand Prix (auto racing) activities, which will give visitors to Montreal that weekend for the option of seeing championship boxing the day before the race, at the centrally-located Bell Centre area. Champagne will be on all tables, vintage decorations will serves as reminders of 1960 Detroit-designed cars. There will also be an exposition of vintage automobiles at the Bell Centre.
Stevenson, who lives in the Quebec city of Longueuil, was the mandatory IBF super middleweight challenger but instead of waiting even longer for his mandatory world title shot at 168-pounds, for which he qualified as last October, the 35-year-old Stevenson leaped at the opportunity to fight Dawson, who despite his recent loss to Andre Ward at 168 pounds, remains the WBC 175-pound champion.
"The goal of Adonis Stevenson is not only becoming a world champion," said the president of GYM Yvon Michel. "Adonis Stevenson has everything needed to become a major international attraction in professional boxing, but to get there he needed the platform offered to him on June 8th, a crafty and
dangerous opponent a prestigious television presentation and a world title. The table is set, his future is now in his fists of steel."
Stevenson has dedicated his first world championship fight to the memory of his late trainer, Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward, whose nephew, Javan “Sugar” Hill, is now Stevenson’s chief second. Steward not only predicted a world championship for
Stevenson, but that he’d be a genuine star in boxing, as well. His sudden passing was like a shooting star in Stevenson’s life but the mark he left on Adonis will last forever. Stevenson’s training camp will be held in northern Michigan at the same place the great Thomas Hearns held his camps.
The power-punching Stevenson, a southpaw like Dawson, is riding a seven-fight win streak, all finished by knockouts, over Noe
Gonzalez, Jesus Gonzales, Don George, Aaron Pryor, Jr., Shujaa El Amin, Derek Edwards and Darnell Boone, the latter on March 23rd, in a revenge match against the only professional fighter to have defeated him.
The 30-year-old Dawson, who has moved from New Haven, Connecticut to Las Vegas, has defeated a Who’s Who of opponents during his 11 ˝ year pro career, including Bernard Hopkins, Antonio Tarver, Adrian Diaconu, Thomasz Adamek, and Glenn Johnson twice. Dawson is 9-2 with 1 no contest in world title fights. His lone loss as a light heavyweight, ironically, was
to Stevenson’s stablemate, Jean Pascal, who faces Lucian Bute on May 25th, also at Belle Centre.
In his last action, Dawson dropped down to super middleweight for a September fight against world champion Andre Ward, who retained his belts by way of a 10th round stoppage.
Tickets are available to purchase at Bell Centre, online at
www.evenko.ca, by calling GYM at (514) 383.0666 or Club de boxe Champion (514) 376-0980. The Grand Prix boxing Event will co-promoted by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) and Gary Shaw Productions, a co-presentation of Mise-O-Jeu and Videotron.