WBC Prez: Adonis Stevenson Must Face Gvozdyk, But...

By Miguel Rivera

World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman has indicated that WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson must face mandatory challenger Oleksandr Gvozdyk, who holds the WBC's interim-title, in the coming months.

Stevenson was in action last Saturday night in Toronto, when he fought to a twelve round majority draw with Badou Jack. Two judges saw it 114-114, while a third had it 115-113 for Jack.

Now there is some discussion to stage an immediate rematch between the two in the fall.

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But before a rematch can happen, the two camps have the issue of the mandatory challenger Gvozdyk waiting in the wings.

Stevenson has not made a mandatory defense since knocking out Tony Bellew back in 2013.

Since the fall of 2015, his mandatory challenger was stablemate Eleider Alvarez, but the contest never happened for one reason or another. Alvarez got tired of waiting and signed a deal to face WBO champion Sergey Kovalev in August.

The WBC will allow Stevenson some time to recover from the contest with Jack, and then they will order the mandatory contest with Gvozdyk to take place. Once ordered, the two sides will have 30 days to reach a deal before a purse bid is called.

"Stevenson has the mandatory with Gvozdyk, who is our interim champion. Against Jack it was a brutal fight, so we have to let him rest and then we will proceed with the notifications [ to do the mandatory]," Sulaiman told ESPN Deportes.

However, Sulaiman also left the door open for a rematch between Stevenson and Jack.

If the two light heavyweights are eager to do a rematch, and an application is submitted to do the rematch, the WBC will consider their request.

"If there is a tiebreaker taking place, there must be a direct request submitted and they are always considered and analyzed and then we'll make the decision," Sulaiman said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Real Talk85 on 05-24-2018

Kovalev, Pascal and Hopkins all pulled out of fights with him, you stop being biased.

Comment by steeve steel on 05-24-2018

[QUOTE=olivetree66;18800596]good joke lmao[/QUOTE] If Karpency put him down ...and seriously hurt him! ... so joke is on you! ;)

Comment by olivetree66 on 05-24-2018

[QUOTE=steeve steel;18795576]Stevenson will knock Gvozdyk in less than 5 rounds. He should jump on this fight, then cash in on the rematch with Jack.[/QUOTE] good joke lmao

Comment by iNixus on 05-23-2018

[QUOTE=sammybee;18795711]Age has caught up with Stevenson and that is the reality. He looked exhausted by the 12th round. Only time will tell how long he would continue to hold on to the WBC belt.[/QUOTE] he looked exausted after 6 man…

Comment by chrisJS on 05-23-2018

I think Stevenson will weasel his way out and fight a random top 20-30 contender next unfortunately. I felt Jack at least deserved a draw but you've also go Gvozdyk who's been waiting. A fair result would be either gets…

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