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.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (32)
Top Headlines Arum Says ESPN Momentum Building, Big Plans Ahead in 2018 Danny O'Connor Gets Off The Floor, Decisions Steve Claggett Felix Verdejo Very Angry With Decision To Stop The Fight Video: Crawford's Coach Shreds Horn - Warns Spence, Thurman Kyril Relikh vs. Eduard Troyanovsky Showdown is Ordered Danny Roman vs. Moises Flores Must Happen By June, Says WBA Arum Wants Ramirez, Prograis to Take Interim Fights on Same Card Michael Conlan Hopes To Fight in Belfast on June Date Kovalev-Marcus Browne Deal Done for HBO Bout; Date Not Set Arum: Felix Verdejo Very Disappointing; It's a Lack of Discipline Felix Valera, Luis Lebron Grab Knockout Wins in Santo Domingo Sam Soliman, Wes Capper Fight To a Twelve Round Draw Ryuya Yamanaka Retains WBO Strap, Canizales Wins WBA Belt Photos: Gvozdyk Earns WBC Shot, Michael Conlan Excites Crowd Joe Joyce-Dereck Chisora Likely To Be Confirmed For Bellew-Haye Photos: Jose Ramirez Breaks Down Amir Imam For WBC Belt Roach: Linares Has Fight Left in Him; Might Be Too Old for Loma Photos: Antonio Lozada Drills, Stops Felix Verdejo in Shocker Photos: Joe Joyce With Crushing One-Punch KO of Donnie Palmer CompuBox: Jose Ramirez's Pressure, Power Shots Was Difference Robert Helenius Wins Split Decision Over Yury Bykhautsou Gvozdyk: I Want The Stevenson vs. Jack Winner in My Next Fight! Giovanni Cabrera Mioletti Shocks Ray Lampkin With KO in Two Lozada: I Knew I Would KO Felix Verdejo, I Went For it in Tenth Cristian Mijares Gets Stoppage Win Over Fernando Saucedo Jaime Munguia Knocks Out Johnny Navarrete in The Third Roach: Ramirez Won Every Round, 2 Judges Should Be Investigated! Don King: Imam Didn't Throw Enough, Ramirez Was Relentless Michael Conlan Demolishes David Berna in Two Rounds Jose Ramirez Lands Gold, Decisions Amir Imam For WBC Title Jose Ramirez vs. Amir Imam - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Gvozdyk Wins Tough Decision Over Amar, in Line For WBC Shot Ramirez: I'm Ready To Fight Best, No Matter What Critics Think Yeison Cohen Passes Away After KO Loss Earlier This Month Antonio Lozada Drops, Stops Felix Verdejo in Tenth Round Joe Joyce Destroys Donnie Palmer With Big Knockout in One Christopher Diaz Wins by TKO, Rodriguez Suffers Hand Injury Jose Pedraza Sheds Rust, Pounds Out Decision Over Rodriguez Whittom Dies After Being in 10 Month Coma Following KO Loss McKinley: Ramirez Doesn't Have Power, Imam By Far Best Opponent

Latest Active Forum Threads