Canadian Corner: Stevenson, Alvarez set up fall showdown
With a right hook on the button, WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson dominated yet another opponent in Thomas Williams Jr. on Friday, July 29, setting up a showdown with fellow Quebec resident Eleider Alvarez.
Alvarez held up his end of the bargain on Friday in Quebec City, beating an over-matched last-minute replacement opponent in Robert Berridge over 10 rounds. Alvarez originally earned the opportunity with his win over Issac Chilemba in November of 2015. He’s expected to meet Stevenson in what should be a big fight for the province of Quebec later this year.
Custio Clayton, arguably Canada’s top prospect, was also in action on Friday night, earning a unanimous decision over Silverio Ortiz. Clayton is now (9-0, 7 KOs) and has been brought along nicely so far. If he continues on pace with 3-4 fights per year, expect him to take another step up in competition in a year or so.
Oscar Rivas (20-0, 15 KOs), Canada’s top heavyweight fighter, was also in action as he dismantled Jeremiah Karpency via TKO. While Rivas would be on the cusp of a world title fight, commissions outside of Quebec have refused to sanction him in recent time thanks to a lingering eye injury. In February, a bout with Gerald Washington scheduled to take place in California was called off when the California State Athletic Commission refused to permit him to fight. Whether or not those issues have been resolved is still not clear, but Rivas continues to be sanctioned to fight in Quebec.
On Wednesday, July 27, Steven Wilcox ran his record to (14-1-1, 5 KOs) with a win over Mexico’s Juan Orozco. The third-ranked Canadian lightweight is expected back in action on October 1 in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, against an opponent to be named.
August is a fairly quiet month for boxing in Canada, but there are a few fights worth keeping an eye on. Most noticeably, recent title challenger Tyson Cave (28-3, 11 KOs) will return to the ring against Javier Franco (25-18-4, 11 KOs). Other noticeable names on the card include Canadian heavyweight champion Dillon Carman (9-2, 8 KOs) and heavyweight prospect Oleksandr Teslenko (5-0, 4 KOs).
The fall presents a slew of fights in Ontario, including three cards between September 9 and October. 1. Most noticeably is Denton Daley (15-1, 8 KOs) challenging for the Commonwealth cruiserweight title against Sylvera Louis (8-4, 4 KOs) in Toronto. Other notable fights include Kevin Higson (8-0, 1 KO) taking on Ryan Wagner (6-3, 3 KOs) in a battle of Ontario fighters.