The December 1st showdown between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury may not be getting the undercard it wanted, but it’s got one hell of a supporting cast, as Showtime has acquired the U.S. broadcast rights to the same evening’s Adonis Stevenson-Oleksandr Gvozdyk title fight in Quebec City. The latter will start early to accommodate a split-site broadcast and will be on standard Showtime rather than the pay-per-view.
Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KO) vs. Gvozdyk (15-0, 12 KO), besides being a clash of top-five light heavyweights, figures to be an entertaining scrap. Stevenson packs hellacious one-punch power and showed against Badou Jack that he can still churn out at least six good rounds against an elite light heavyweight, while Gvozdyk’s methodical destruction has produced finishes in eight of his last nine fights.
If the Wilder-Fury crew can scrounge up at least one more quality bout, such as good opposition for rumored tag-alongs Jarrett Hurd and Luis Ortiz, this could stand as the best night of fights between now and the end of the year. It’s already pretty damn good as is.