WBC light heavyweight titlist Adonis Steveson has tweeted out that he'll be taking on Thomas Williams on July 16th.
My next fight will be on July 16 against Thomas Williams in the province of Quebec pic.twitter.com/22bsTKT03Q— Adonis Stevenson (@AdonisSuperman) May 30, 2016
The last time I saw Adonis Stevenson, he was screaming "I'M THE WORLD CHAMP!" at Sergey Kovalev in a laughable post-fight interview where he feigned being held back from The Krusher. So I suppose this is as good a time as any to relive that comedy.
Those who've been hoping to see Kovalev and Stevenson, the two top light heavyweights at the moment, face one another still won't get what they want, and it appears like they never will as far as that fight goes. Kovalev, of course, is lined-up to take on Andre Ward later on this year - who may in fact be a better light heavyweight than Stevenson at this point.
So Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) will be making his first title defense since he stopped Tommy Karpency in September of last year. Being completely transparent, Stevenson hasn't earned any goodwill from fans since winning the world title from Chad Dawson back in early 2013. In fact, he arguably hasn't made a worthwhile defense in the three years he's held the WBC strap.
Stevenson's upcoming opponent, 28-year-old Thomas Williams (20-1, 14 KOs), is currently coming off perhaps his best win as a professional, knocking out Edwin Rodriguez in two rounds this past April. He'll likely be an underdog in this fight, but he may well prove to be one of Steveson's toughest fights in recent years.