Stevenson, Bellew Agree To Terms, Avoid Purse Bid

By Jake Donovan

Terms have been reached for Adonis Stevenson to face Tony Bellew, thus satisfying the mandatory challenger obligations.

A date and venue is forthcoming, though will come after a scheduled optional defense on September 28 in Montreal, in which former champ Tavoris Cloud remains the frontrunner.
" 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, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. 
Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SCtrojansbaby on 07-28-2013

[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;13586443]Two average fighters, two suspect chins, two limited fighters. Should be a decent fight while it lasts.[/QUOTE] lol at Bellew having a suspect chin

Comment by soul_survivor on 07-28-2013

[QUOTE=IronDanHamza;13586443]Two average fighters, two suspect chins, two limited fighters. Should be a decent fight while it lasts.[/QUOTE] You bum! Stevenson has a lot of power but is limited but Bellew can box when he wants to, he gets unruly at…

Comment by The Chosen on 07-28-2013

Leave off, Stevenson isn't even on Ward's level.

Comment by TheThirdEye on 07-28-2013

[CENTER][IMG][/IMG][/CENTER] Making his way in 2012, Andre Ward passed from [U]guest[/U] commentator at HBO, to HBO [U]senior[/U] commentator in 2013, replacing our late Emanual Steward. Which provide him a guaranteed salary of $78,933, with extra bonuses, according the last salary…

Comment by yoz on 07-25-2013

Stevenson takes this.

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