On December 19, Showtime and the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec play host to the very definition of a “stay busy” fight as WBC light heavyweight world champion, Adonis Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) defends his title against Russia’s Dmitry Sukhotsky (22-2, 16 KOs).
Stevenson, who is making the fourth defense of the belt he took from Chad Dawson in June, 2013, was tied to matches against Sergey Kovalev, Bernard Hopkins, and most recently Jean Pascal at various points throughout the year, but had not been able (willing) to pull the trigger on any of those big money bouts.
Instead, 2014 has seen The Haiti-born Canadian hire adviser Al Haymon, move from HBO to Showtime, and then beat Poland’s Andrzej Fonfara in a tougher-than-expected May tussle that saw Stevenson hit the canvas.
Sukhotsky is not without his merits as a challenger, but has to be considered a second-tier challenge to Stevenson. The 33-year-old Russian is best known for a failed 2009 bid for Juergen Braehmer’s WBO light heavyweight title.