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Ortiz vs Berto II: Adonis Stevenson may face Rodriguez-Williams winner

Adonis Stevenson is looking to face the Edwin Rodriguez-Thomas Williams Jr winner.

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

Adonis Stevenson is looking to find his next opponent, and we may know who that will be after Saturday's PBC on FOX event, where Edwin Rodriguez will meet Thomas Williams Jr in a light heavyweight co-feature.

Stevenson, who holds the WBC 175-pound title, calls the fight "an audition to fight me," even though it's not a sanctioned WBC eliminator or anything like that. Rodriguez-Williams is set for 10 rounds, but isn't expected to go the distance, as both guys are aggressive sluggers and have a reputation for early finishes.

"I'm the king," Stevenson said. "I am the one who was the first to knock out Chad Dawson when Dawson was the No. 1 guy in the division. I'm the king because I beat the king. Everything has to go by me."

Stevenson (27-1, 22 KO) last fought in September, knocking out Tommy Karpency in three rounds. Since beating Chad Dawson in 2013, Stevenson's opposition has been routinely criticized, as has his perceived avoidance of a fight with Sergey Kovalev, the man most consider the top fighter at light heavyweight.

Rodriguez (28-1, 19 KO) has won four straight since a 2013 loss to Andre Ward, while Williams (19-1, 13 KO) has won two straight following a stoppage loss to Gabriel Campillo in 2014.

If Stevenson does face the Rodriguez-Williams winner, will you consider that a legitimate opponent, or will it be another fight where Stevenson is criticized?

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