By Jake Donovan
Terms have been reached for Adonis Stevenson to face Tony Bellew, thus satisfying the mandatory challenger obligations.
There will be no purse bid because we have reach an agreement with Bellew's camp," confirmed Yvon Michel, Stevenson's promoter, in an e-mail reply. "The mandatory fight will be held within 90 days after the optional title defense granted by the WBC to Stevenson. This optional title fight is schedule for September 28 in Montreal.
"So, the Stevenson/Bellew fight will be held in Canada before end of December. As you can see, "Superman" intends to be a very active light heavyweight champion!"
Stevenson (21-1, 18KO) won the crown in emphatic fashion, scoring a one-punch 1st round knockout of Chad Dawson this past June in Montreal. The win created an emotional scene for the power punching southpaw, who realized his goal of becoming a champion and also honoring the memory of his former trainer, the late Emanuel Steward who passed away last October.
Bellew (20-1-1, 12KO) earned mandatory status with a points win over Isaac Chilemba this past May in a rematch to their 12-round draw just two months prior. The charismatic Brit came up just short in his lone previous title challenge, going tooth and nail with Nathan Cleverly only to be forced to settle for a disputed majority decision loss in their Oct. '11 12-round war.
That he will have to wait for upwards of five months is of no consequence to the light heavyweight contender.
"An announcement will be made regarding myself tomorrow," Bellew confirmed on his verified Twitter account. "I couldn't have wrote the way this has gone if I tried! It's REAL! Done deal!"
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America.