Undefeated No. 1 light heavyweight contender Eleider "Storm" Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) has found a solid boxer to face him on the July 29 card, featuring the WBC and lineal world light heavyweight title fight between defending champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) and challenger Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs), at the Videotron Centre. WBC Silver light heavyweight champion Alvarez will face New Zealand southpaw slugger Robert "The Butcher" Berridge (27-4-1, 21 KOs).
The Alvarez-Berridge co-feature, scheduled for 10 rounds at a 180-pound catch-weight, will air onSpike TV in the United States. Named "The Butcher" because of his aggressive style and power, the 31-year-old Australian sputhpaw has won the several regional titles during his pro career including New Zealand (2013 and 2015), WBC Asia (2013), PABA (2013-2014) and WBO Oriental (2013-2014).
"I prepared to face a southpaw in Chad Dawson and Berridge is also left-handed, so adapting will be easier," Alvarez said. "I tip my hat to him for accepted this challenge with only a 10-day notice
"For sure, I am really disappointed in Dawson’s withdrawal, but these things happen that you cannot control. I’m still happy to get in the ring of the Vidéotron Centre in Quebec City."
"Berridge is an aggressive, powerful and fierce fighter," Groupe Yvon Michel president (GYM)Yvon Michel added. "We are pleased to have found an opponent of this quality to face Alvarez in front of the Spike TV cameras."
A new rival for Bouchard
Popular Sébastien Bouchard (13-1, 4 KOs), of Baie-Saint-Paul, Canada, has a new opponent,Alejandro Herrera (14-3-2, 5 KOs), in a six-round bout.