WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson’s (23-1, 20 Kos) May 24 title defense against Poland’s Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs) will not appear on HBO, and will instead appear on Showtime, according to Kevin Iole of Yahoo! HBO declined to renegotiate a deal to showcase Stevenson-Fonfara and a potential light heavyweight title unification bout with WBO titlist Sergey Kovalev later this year.
HBO broadcast three of Stevenson’s four fights in 2013, making the network an integral part in bringing Stevenson from the Friday Night Fights circuit to his current status as one of the sport’s bigger stars. Stevenson recently signed with influential manager/adviser Al Haymon, who has been deemed persona non grata by HBO. In 2013, HBO cut all business ties with Haymon and Golden Boy Promotions.
Stevenson-Fonfara will be shown live on Showtime on May 24, 2014 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Presumably, a title unification with IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins will be up next for Stevenson, should he dispatch of Fonfara as expected. The fight is expected to be formally announced on Thursday, March 27.