Light heavyweight contender Eleider "Storm" Alvarez will stay busy awaiting the title shot, in which he is due to challenge world champion Adonis Stevenson in a mandatory bout.
Before that bout happens, though, Alvarez (20-0, 10 KOs) will face southpaw Norbert "Noras" Dabrowski (19-5-1, 7 KOs) in a 10-round bout on Dec. 10 at the Montreal Casino in Montreal, promoter Yvon Michel announced on Wednesday.
"It was at the insistence of his team that Alvarez will jump in the ring on Dec. 10," Michel said. "Waiting for his world title fight, Eleider is not afraid to risk his lofty position in the rankings to give himself the best conditions for success when his time comes. Dabrowski has never been stopped."
Said Alvarez: "I am happy to come back to the Montreal Casino, where I had my first three pro fights. I asked my team to keep me active and to also evaluate what I do well and what I do badly against southpaws. I want to be fully ready for (southpaw) Adonis Stevenson and become the first Colombian light heavyweight champion of the world."
The 39-year-old Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs), who is from Haiti but fights out of Montreal, has made seven title defenses since winning the world championship by first-round knockout of Chad Dawson in 2013. He is coming off a fourth-round knockout of Thomas Williams on July 29.
The mandatory bout with Alvarez was supposed to take place before the end of this year, but the fight has been delayed, Michel said.
"We are waiting for a television date," Michel said. "Meantime, Alvarez needs to stay active."
Alvarez, 32, a 2008 Olympian for his native Colombia, also fights out of Montreal and is a natural rival for Stevenson. Alvarez is coming off a one-sided, 10-round decision against Robert Berridge on July 29. In Alvarez's previous bout, he became Stevenson's mandatory challenger with a tight majority decision win against Isaac Chilemba in November 2015.
Dabrowski, 28, of Poland, will be fighting for only the second time outside of his home country. He is coming off an eight-round decision win against then-undefeated countryman Marek Matyja on Oct. 22.