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Boxing business costing Adonis fame and fortune

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Adonis Stevenson has defended the WBC light heavyweight title seven times, he’s the Ring magazine lineal champion and now after his fourth-round knockout of Thomas Williams Jr with another devastating left hook, he’s an impressive 28-1 with 23 wins by knockout. However, he’s not and won’t be considered the best in the division because Sergey Kovalev is out there hammering people as the WBA, IBF and WBO light heavyweight champion.

Stevenson can only fix his problem by actually fighting Kovalev and figuring out who the better man is, but the politics of boxing has cost us this match and there is no light at the end of the tunnel to see it.

Stevenson is promoted by the all-powerful Al Haymon and Showtime while Kovalev is promoted by Kathy Duva and HBO. Duva has openly stated that Haymon has ruined the fight by insisting the only way the fight can happen is by joint HBO-Showtime PPV, but while these two guys are arguably two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world, they aren’t a Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao super fight that will bring the two rival companies together.

Kovalev’s manager, Egis Klimas, has said that Haymon has put his company, Premier Boxing Champions, and Showtime above his fighter’s best financial interests, and that is what has killed the fight too.

Kovalev has called out Stevenson many times. After he destroyed Jean Pascal in their January 30 rematch in Montreal, Kovalev said he wanted to unify all four titles by fighting “Adonis Chickenson” and making chicken sounds. Stevenson rushed into the ring to try to get to Kovalev, but that is probably the most we’ll ever see those two fight any time soon.

Kovalev has proven he’s willing to fight the best in the world to show he is the best in the world and that has led to an agreement to fight former Andre Ward, who has moved up in weight and brings his undefeated record and status among the pound-for-pound elite into the fight to lead to a superfight.

As while Kovalev and Ward are going to entertain the fans, become household names and make a boatload of money while doing it, Stevenson is waste his incredible talent by fighting lesser-known fringe contenders in the comfort of his home country in Canada instead of traveling the world and showcasing his ability against top opponents for huge money.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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