Glenn McCrory previews Chad Dawson's clash with Adonis Stevenson
Glenn McCrory is backing Chad Dawson to down Adonis Stevenson and set up a clash with Tony Bellew.
Last Updated: 10/06/13 3:04pm
Bellew is not having as big an impact at world level as he did domestically, with his powerful punches now being negated a lot more often, and it will be hard for him when he goes up against a seasoned campaigner, which both Dawson and Stevenson are.
I would expect Dawson to come out on top in Montreal on Saturday night; he may be fighting in his opponent's home country but he is a current champion, has the bigger names on his CV and is more proven at the top level.
He has losses on his résumé to Andre Ward and Jean Pascal, but he showed how wily he can be by overcoming Bernard Hopkins last year and I don't think that reverse against Ward in his previous fight will have done him much harm.
Dawson will have probably learned a few bits and pieces from combating perhaps the greatest pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.
Plus, the fact Ward wasn't prepared to move up to light-heavyweight to face him shows he has plenty of respect for his fellow American.
Stevenson, however, will be buoyed by his local fans and he does have an impressive record - he thrived in the amateurs and has won 17 of his 20 professional bouts via knockout, compared to Dawson's 17 KOs from 31 victories.
But Canadian can build a big reputation and draw in supporters and plaudits without doing anything amazing - Lucian Bute, who was really found wanting against Carl Froch last summer, being a prime example.
Dawson should lock in a meeting with Bellew and if that does happen he will be clear the favourite for the fight - unless it was held in Liverpool in front of the Bomber's adoring fans.
Bellew, though, will have taken a lot from his loss to Nathan Cleverly two years ago and the way he was neutered by Isaac Chilemba in their initial draw in March, while he will also benefit from having to scratch and claw his way to the top.
Tony would have to raise another level to win a world title - but I wouldn't put it past him.
It has also been announced that Floyd Mayweather and Saul Alvarez will get it on in a light-middleweight clash in September - and I am both delighted and surprised that the match has been made.
Mayweather usually takes the easy route with his opponents but Alvarez is far from easy, so I suppose his hands have been tied with the mega-bucks deal that he has signed with US channel Showtime and is having to fight who gets put in front of him.
The atmosphere will be electric when Alvarez and Mayweather lock horns in Las Vegas and as it will take place two days before Mexican Independence Day and I'm sure loads of Canelo's fans will make the trip from South America.
Alvarez will provide excitement and I just hope that lures Mayweather into letting loose, because for the majority of his career he has not excited me in the way that other fantastic boxers, like Tommy Hearns, have done.
There are also rumours swirling that David Haye and Tyson Fury will fight each other and while it is a risky fight for David as he chases another meeting with a Klitschko for a world title, I can see why he is considering taking it.
Haye is a very intelligent man and knows he can make a shedload of money taking on less-than-stellar opponents but he also knows how hard he hits, and having seen Fury go over time after time in the ring, I'm sure David thinks he can knock another Brit out.