Memorial Day 2013 was a lot different for Adonis Stevenson.
A year ago, the Haitian-turned-Canadian was a little more than a rising super middleweight with a balky resume as he prepared to face the reigning consensus best among the 175-pounders—Chad Dawson.
Needless to say, the holiday weekend this year has a different vibe in the Stevenson house.
Not only did he forcefully erase Dawson from the title-belted fraternity in just 76 seconds of action last June 8, but he also went on to defend the former champion’s World Boxing Council title twice more en route to racking up Fighter of the Year recognition from no less an authority than Sports Illustrated.
His first defense of 2014—a unanimous 12-round defeat of Polish-born Chicago resident Andrzej Fonfara on Saturday night in Montreal—continued the 36-year-old’s rapid rampage through the light heavyweight ranks and kept the chatter going on which big-fight options could await him by the close of 2014.
We’ve compiled a list of the four most likely fighters to become his next dance partner—or at least those most ideally suited to the role—and, as always, we welcome your input and suggestions in the comments.