For years, the name that rang in the ears of light heavyweights Sergey Kovalev and Eleider "Storm" Alvarez was that of world champion Adonis Stevenson.
"Both have been avoided a lot by the same guy and so, tired of waiting for that guy to step up and face them, despite multiple attempts to put those fights together as Yvon can well attest, they have decided to simply fight each other," Main Events CEO Kathy Duva, Kovalev's promoter, said at the kickoff news conference in New York on Saturday.
Meanwhile, fed up with waiting for his title shot, Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs), 34, a Colombia native, insisted on being paid a healthy step-aside fee to allow Stevenson (29-1, 24 KOs) to take a defense with former two-division titlist Badou Jack (21-1-3, 13 KOs) with the guarantee that he get the winner next.
If Adonis is too scared to take the fight, Sergey is happy to step up and fight Alvarez.
Said Stephane Lepine, Alvarez's manager: "The offer from Kathy Duva arrived and we were really happy.