At 36, Adonis Stevenson is arriving at boxing stardom late in life. But in 2013 he did indeed arrive, capturing the light heavyweight title from Chad Dawson with a sensational first-round knockout. For the year, he was 4-0 with all four wins coming by stoppage.
As 2014 began, a lot of fans were looking forward to a potential showdown between Stevenson and WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, who also knocked out four opponents in 2013. But earlier this year Stevenson signed with Golden Boy, which meant he was also leaving HBO for Showtime.
So for now, a fight with Kovalev remains unlikely. What is quite possible is a unification bout later this year with the ageless Bernard Hopkins, current holder of the IBF and WBA titles at 175 pounds. Hopkins has a history of traveling to Montreal to beat local heroes, so a fight there with Stevenson would be a major event.
Andrzej Fonfara is the underdog, but he's very much a live one. The Ring doesn't have him in its top 10 at light heavyweight, but I'd personally favor him over the bottom half of that list.
He is an experienced professional who beat Glen Johnson by one-sided unanimous decision in July 2012 and stopped former world champion Gabriel Campillo last year. He has excellent reach that he exploits well and respectable punching power.
Fonfara hasn't lost in nearly six years. At 26, he's coming into his prime.