Light Heavyweight champ Chad Dawson, returning to the 175-pound division, will defend his title against knockout artist Adonis Stevenson on June 8 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Dawson is familiar to Montreal fans. He suffered his first defeat at Bell Centre in 2010, losing a 10th-round TD to hometown favorite Jean Pascal in a LHW Championship fight. Then in 2011, Dawson fought on the Hopkins-Pascal II undercard and easily outpointed another Montreal-based fighter, Adrian Diaconu.
Stevenson avenged his only career defeat by knocking out Darnell Boone in the 6th round on March 22 at the Bell Centre and when the opportunity to fight Dawson came along, he took it. This will be the first major fight for Stevenson, who is 35 but did not go pro until 2006.
The undercard will feature the exciting comeback of Yuriorkis Gamboa as he takes on Darley Perez of Colombia for a 12 round Lightweight bout.
HBO retains WORLDWIDE rights