Michel: Contracts signed for Dawson v Stevenson on June 8

Highly-ranked super-middleweight contender Adonis Stevenson will step up to light-heavyweight to fight Chad Dawson on June 8 in a challenge for the WBC title at 175lbs.

Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel confirmed the news when contacted by WBN and also revealed that his fighter will get home advantage for the clash – with the fight set to take place in Canada.

“The fight is done. All papers have been signed by all parties and the fight will take place at the Bell Centre live on HBO in the US,” Michel told World Boxing News.

‘Superman’ will go into the fight safe in the knowledge that he has beaten every one of the 20 opponents faced in his career after the 35 year-old destroyed the demons of his only loss by stopping Darnell Boone in six rounds at the same venue on Friday night.

The Haiti-born southpaw had been lined up to fight for the vacant IBF belt at 168lbs once the dust had settled on the Carl Froch v Mikkel Kessler unification, although Stevenson has now opted to jump up a division to share the ring with Dawson.

‘Bad Chad’ heads back to his natural weight after a poor performance against Andre Ward late last year. Dawson had boiled down the necessary seven pounds to take on the super-middleweight king, but looked weight-drained and sluggish in losing via a tenth round technical knockout.

The undercard for the contest will be announced in due course.