On March 25, it was announced that Adonis "Superman" Stevenson would fight next on Showtime, a May 24 bout with Andrzej Fonfara, a Polish fighter based out of Chicago.
Some reporters are expressing shock at the recent turn of events; however, everyone should have seen this coming once Stevenson signed on to be managed by Al Haymon.
Its shocking that anyone thought Haymon, once an HBO sweetheart, would allow one of his fighters to continue fighting on their network if top dollar was not at stake. Haymon's fighters are among the top paid boxers in the world.
Sure, HBO could have countered Showtime's offer for the Stevenson-Fonfara fight, giving the fact that HBO had recently fell in love with the Haitian born fighter, now representing French Canada. But, HBO had to save face because Stevenson is now represented by a man that the premium cable network has lost love for.
Immediately, members of the media are spinning the story as if Stevenson is now ducking Sergei Kovalev, the current WBO light-heavyweight champion, and a man many thought would face Stevenson this fall, if both handled their business this spring.
Instead, as long as Stevenson beats Fonfara, and seemingly ageless Bernard Hopkins wins his April 19 fight against Beibut Shumenov, there appears to be a Stevenson-Hopkins clash on the horizon before the end of the year.
Hip Hop legend Jay-Z once sung, 'It Was All Good Just a Week Ago," and that is just the anthem boxing writers and insiders should adopt as this Stevenson-Kovalev saga unfolds.
Stevenson promoter, Yvon Michel released the following statement via Facebook, "We wish to praise M. Steven Espinoza of Showtime for his ambition to do business Adonis and GYM which was reflected into the offer he has presented, we are thankful to him. We are looking forward for a fruitful association. Adonis Stevenson was the fighter of the year for many websites and publications in 2013 and feels he is treated that way. His goals are to keep fighting and winning spectacular fights by knockout, to unify the light heavyweight titles and raised his recognition to the top 5 pound for pound this year. The next step is May 24th at the Montreal Bell Center against young #1 IBF/WBO and #3 WBC contender Andrzej Fonfara."
Stevenson is the current WBC, The Ring and Lineal light-heavyweight champion.