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Gvozdyk's Manager Pushing WBC to Get Him Stevenson Fight Next

By Keith Idec

Oleksandr Gvozdyk wants his shot at Adonis Stevenson as soon as possible.

Egis Klimas, Gvozdyk’s manager, told ESPN.com on Tuesday that he has signed a notification from the WBC stating that Gvozdyk was supposed to be Stevenson’s next opponent once Gvozdyk won the WBC’s interim 175-pound championship two months ago. Klimas also said that he would push that issue if the Mexico City-based sanctioning organization doesn’t order a Stevenson-Gvozdyk fight next.

There have been discussions since Stevenson’s 12-round majority draw with Badou Jack on May 19 in Toronto that they’ll take part in an immediate rematch. Jack was an optional opponent for Stevenson, who never made what was an overdue mandatory defense of his WBC light heavyweight title against Eleider Alvarez.

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Ukraine’s Gvozdyk (15-0, 12 KOs) defeated France’s Mehdi Amar (34-6-2, 16 KOs) by unanimous decision in their 12-rounder to win the WBC interim light heavyweight title March 17 in New York. The 31-year-old Gvozdyk expressed concern both before and after that bout regarding getting his shot at Stevenson next.

“You can take a look at history, and it’s already happened a lot of times,” Gvozdyk told BoxingScene.com. “You can be sure you’re gonna fight only when you stand in the ring.

“The WBC has sanctioned that the winner of [the Stevenson-Jack] fight is supposed to make a mandatory defense against the winner of our fight [within] 90 days [after May 19].”

Quebec’s Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KOs) and Sweden’s Jack (22-1-3, 13 KOs) each expressed interest in an immediate rematch following their draw. Gvozdyk understandably doesn’t want to find himself in the same position as Alvarez.

Colombia’s Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs) took a fight against WBO champion Sergey Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs) because he couldn’t secure his mandated shot at Stevenson. Alvarez was Stevenson’s mandatory challenger for nearly 2½ years before he quickly accepted an offer the face Kovalev on August 4 at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey (HBO).

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Crushinator on 05-30-2018

Stevenson's best win is either a shot chinless Dawson or drained-as-a-holocaust-victim Bellew, Gvodyk is my p4p #2

Comment by My Low Place on 05-30-2018

[QUOTE=Muz;18815878]Man is this some casual fanboy logic. [B]Where where you when Ward was landing 9 low blows to kovalev in that farce rematch?[/B] Can you say double standards based on bias? And please, Jack is an ordinary fighter who has…

Comment by Muz on 05-29-2018

[QUOTE=My Low Place;18814884]im not cool with jack again..i had jack rated p4p#2 going into the adonis fight...jack had won my fighter of the year 2 different years i think 2015 (dirrel,groves)and 2017(degale and cleverly..he basically retired them both)....but his low…

Comment by chico malo loc on 05-29-2018

i rather see that russian dude vs jack and the winner gets adonis!

Comment by My Low Place on 05-29-2018

[QUOTE=Corelone;18814999]You see I classified that into a maybe with the bigger and hits harder qualifications. He has to apply his advantages, so it's not a given. Don't get all worked up. I'm speculating on G....Dyk's reasoning.[/QUOTE] he doesnt have any…

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