Adonis Stevenson set to make title defence against Thomas Williams Jr

15/06/2016 17:06

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) will defend his title against American contender Thomas Williams Jr (20-1, 14 KOs) on July 29 at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City, Canada.

Stevenson, a native of Haiti, now residing in Quebec, will be making his seventh world title defence. He won the belt in 2013 when he knocked out Chad Dawson in the first round.

The 38-year-old Stevenson last fought in September, beating Tommy Karpency by a third round TKO in a huge mismatch.

"I am very happy to get back in the ring for my next fight against Thomas Williams Jr," said Stevenson. "I will demonstrate that, like fine wine, I am even better with age. Even though I haven't boxed for 10 months, I've never left the gym and I'm willing to defend my crown."

Williams, like Stevenson, is a southpaw with an exciting style and can punch.

The 28-year-old Williams has won his last three fights since he was stopped by Gabriel Campillo in 2014, including a second round knockout over Edwin Rodriguez in April in his last outing.

"I'm coming off the best performance of my career, and I'm ready to make a change July 29 in terms of the title belt," said Williams. "Stevenson has never faced a puncher like me in the past."