Boxing promoter sues Canadian champ Adonis Stevenson

Adonis Stevenson at a press conference in Montreal on March 27, 2014. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI AGENCY)

Adonis Stevenson at a press conference in Montreal on March 27, 2014. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI AGENCY)

Brian Daly, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:12 PM ET

A boxing promoter is suing light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson of Montreal and others for breach of contract, fraud and interference.

According to court documents filed in New York City and obtained by Sports Illustrated, Main Events promotions says the defendants reneged on deal for Stevenson to fight Russian brawler Sergey Kovalev.

Also named in the suit are Stevenson's promoter GYM, manager Al Haymon, Golden Boy Promotions and the Showtime cable network.

Main Events CEO Kathy Duva is seeking financial compensation and punitive damages.

Duva says GYM CEO Yvon Michel agreed to a deal that would have pitted Stevenson (23-1-0, 19 KO), the WBC titleholder, against WBO champ Kovalev, (24-0-1, 20 KO).

To support their claim, the complainant cites an email exchange between Duva, Michel and HBO executive Peter Nelson stating that an agreement had been reached.

HBO reportedly paid $2.4 million to acquire the television rights to the light-heavywe


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