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GYM working on returns for Adonis Stevenson and Artur Beterbiev

Adonis Stevenson and Artur Beterbiev will be back in the ring early this summer, according to a report.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Promoter Yvon Michel is currently at work putting together the next fight dates for top light heavyweights Adonis Stevenson, who holds the WBC title, and Artur Beterbiev. Don't get excited: they're not fighting each other. Not yet, anyway.

Stevenson will reportedly be back in July, with Beterbiev returning in June. Both fighters are based in Montreal and it would seem likely they'll be fighting in Quebec, but specifics are not finalized, according to

Stevenson (27-1, 22 KO) hasn't fought since last September, when he easily and predictably handled Tommy Karpency, winning a third round TKO. It was the latest -- and perhaps worst -- in a series of criticized title defenses for Stevenson, who upset Chad Dawson in June 2013 to win the WBC title. He's defended six times since then, but his last three outings against Dmitry Sukhotsky, Sakio Bika, and Karpency have been met with indifference at best, in part because the opponents weren't interesting, and in part because he's been accused of "ducking" a fight with Sergey Kovalev.

Stevenson and Kovalev went face to face in the ring in January, after Kovalev beat Jean Pascal for a second time in Montreal. That amounted to nothing, as most expected.

Beterbiev (9-0, 9 KO) fought twice last year, beating Gabriel Campillo in April and Alexander Johnson in June. The powerful Russian prospect/contender has been taking sideways steps since a second round knockout win over former titleholder Tavoris Cloud in September 2014.

Both Stevenson and Beterbiev are advised by Al Haymon.

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