Arum Ready To Make Deal: Stevenson Must Fight Gvozdyk Next

By Steve Kim

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KOs) kept his title last weekend in Toronto as he fought to a twelve round majority draw versus Badou Jack.

Waiting in the wings now is the WBC interim titlist, Oleksander Gvozdyk, who the sanctioning body mandated would get the next crack at the belt.

While there has been some chatter about a Stevenson vs. Jack rematch - Gvozdyk is eager to get his hands on Stevenson and not likely to step aside.


However, Stevenson is under the gun - as the Canadian star has not made a mandatory defense since knocking out Tony Bellew in 2013.

And Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum, who promotes Gvozdyk, will push to make that fight happen.

"Stevenson retained the title, he has to fight us now, we're trying to get this done," said Arum to

"We're not going to be negative about this - we know Stevenson can't come to the United States. So we're not going to threaten him where if we win the purse bid and then put the fight in the United States and 'you can't come, so you'll lose your title'. We wouldn't do that.

"So what we're suggesting is we're willing to put the fight on, either making a deal with Yvon Michel, who is the promoter or going to purse bid. And our idea is to put the fight on in Kiev in conjunction with the WBC annual convention."

It's doubtful that Stevenson will want to fight a Ukrainian boxer in his home country.

To which Arum responded - "Well, if he doesn't want to, we go to purse bid, we win the purse bid we would certainly do it in Ukraine, right? Not in the United States, in the Ukraine. He can either go through with it or give up his title. If they win the purse bid, or they can offer us enough money, Gvozdyk will go to Canada and fight him in Canada."

Gvozdyk (15-0, 12 KO's) defeated Mehdi Amar on March 17th to win the WBC interim belt.

Steve Kim is the news editor for

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by SkillspayBills on 05-31-2018

Just like how Ramirez was supposed to fight Prograis next? Piece of ****.

Comment by My Low Place on 05-31-2018

[QUOTE=BucaRican;18817681]Once again, its not about rather, than a RULE. Both are rules.[/QUOTE] correct and im going to look a teh first person who broke the rules...JACK..he was not punished therefore i do not expect the ref to punish follwoing actions…

Comment by satiev1 on 05-30-2018

Stevenson is done. He looked terrible against jack and the man is growing grey hair. Gvozdyk knocks him out cold.

Comment by BucaRican on 05-30-2018

[QUOTE=My Low Place;18806791]once again i think we would all rather get held than hit low i'd start with the person who started the misconduct...i wouldnt have minded if jack was dq'd is hard to recover from low blows...this is…

Comment by My Low Place on 05-26-2018

[QUOTE=BucaRican;18801007]Rewatch when he was getting worked, after the 7, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 12th. He was holding when gased and hurt. Alot. Even if Badu got a point taken, Adonis should have gotten one taken as well for holding. Stop…

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