Adonis Stevenson-Noe Gonzalez set
Adonis "Superman" Stevenson will face Noe Gonzalez in a fight between asipring super middleweight contenders in the main event of ESPN2's "Friday Night Fights" on April 20 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, promoter Yvon Michel announced Tuesday.
The fight between the regional titleholders is scheduled for 12 rounds.
Stevenson (17-1, 14 KOs) is coming off of a sensational first-round knockout of Jesus Gonzales on Feb. 18 that is a clear knockout of the year candidate.
A native of Haiti living in Quebec, Stevenson has won four fights in a row since his lone defeat, a second-round upset knockout loss to Darnell Boone in 2010. But since then, Stevenson has knocked out all four of his opponents, including Aaron Pryor Jr. in December.
Stevenson will face Gonzalez after three-time world title challenger Librado Andrade's team passed on an opportunity to fight Stevenson in what would have been a title eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger for titleholder Lucian Bute of Montreal. Andrade has already lost twice to Bute in title bouts.
"Adonis could have waited until the IBF appointed another opponent," Michel said. "But he is on a mission to become world champion. If he has to fight this eliminator to be the top contender in order to better position himself to become world champion, he will do just that and a win over Gonzalez would be a major step in that direction."
Stevenson, 34, recently began working with Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, who has liked what he has seen after just one fight together.
"Gonzalez is the most difficult opponent of Adonis career," he said. "Both fighters can end a fight with a single punch at anytime. 'Superman' is back here training in Detroit and he will be fully prepared to win impressively once again."
Gonzalez (28-1, 20 KOs), 32, a native of Uruguay living in Argentina, suffered his only loss in a middleweight world title bout against Felix Sturm in Sturm's native Germany in 2007. Gonzalez has won 14 consecutive fights since, including 13 in a row by knockout.
"Gonzalez is a force of nature. All he's lacked is a platform for him to showcase his talent and the opportunity is now there for him on ESPN," said Sampson Lewkowicz, Gonzalez's promoter. "If Stevenson crumbled under Darnell Boone's blows, I do not see how he will withstand the punches from (Gonzalez) on April 20. Super middleweights are terrified by Noe Gonzalez. "
Welterweight Antonin Decarie (26-1, 7 KOs) of Montreal will face an opponent to be determined in the co-feature.
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