Top five next opponents for Adonis Stevenson

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Adonis Stevenson retained his WBC light-heavyweight title with a majority draw against challenger Badou Jack on Saturday

1. Sergey Kovalev

Once a unified light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev is once again the main attraction at light-heavyweight. After Andre Ward defeated Kovalev twice to lose his IBF, WBA and WBO light-heavyweight titles, the American retired allowing the ‘Krusher; to regain his WBO belt. Russian has a defence booked in for August against Columbian Eleider Álvarez, Stevenson could target the winner in a unification showdown.

2. Dmitry Bivol

A rising star in the 175lbs division 27 year-old Bivol captured the vacant WBA light-heavyweight title after beating Aussie Trent Broadhurst. Bivol would go on to impressively stop Cuban Sullivan Barrera in his first defence which sent out a message to the whole division. Aggressive and powerful Bivol is highly dangerous and exciting. Although a risky match-up, a win over the Russian would mark major authority in the light-heavyweight division.

3. Tony Bellew

Having beaten Bellew in November 2013, Stevenson said he was open for a rematch and insisted his former opponent must go after a rematch. Since the first encounter five years ago Bellew has become a cruiserweight world champion and beaten David Haye at heavyweight on two occasions. Bellew returned fire by accepting any talks for a potential rematch but revealed it would only be possible at cruiserweight.

4. Artur Beterbiev

Current IBF light-heavyweight champion Beterbiev acts as a perfect chance for Stevenson to unify. The Russian is aged 33 yet only has had 12 fights. The former amateur star has boxed in Canada on ten occasions which suits Stevenson as he has only fought twice outside of his country.

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5. Badou Jack

The American has a knack for securing draws, as he did against Stevenson on Saturday and against James DeGale last year. He wants the chance to go again and try to rectify the result.

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