Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

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.

adonis-stevenson (1)_3

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…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (40)
Top Headlines Yordenis Ugas Wants His World Title Crack at Errol Spence Arum Shakes Head at "Bad Blisters on Feet" Claim For Jeff Horn Artem Dalakian Knocks Out Thaiyen in Eight, Retains WBA Belt Artur Beterbiev is Appealing Recent Legal Victory For Michel Chris Byrd: Wilder Can't Take Pressure, Almost Lost To Old Man Photos: Angel Acosta Stops Carlos Buitrago To Retain WBO Belt Paul Smith Announces His Retirement From Boxing Danny Roman: I'd Like To Unify With Rey Vargas or Isaac Dogboe Spence Unimpressed: I Only Did What I Should've Done to Ocampo Photos: Danny Roman Outboxes Moises Flores, Keeps WBA Title Granados: Fortuna Was Looking For an Excuse, Let's Rematch! Photos: Granados vs. Fortuna Ends Early With Freak Accident Photos: Errol Spence Crushes Carlos Ocampo in One Round Spence: I Want Garcia vs. Porter Winner Whenever it's Available! Photos: Josh Kelly Breaks Down, Stops Kris George Photos: Lewis Ritson Crushes Paul Hyland Jr. in One Round Photos: Ricky Burns, Gavin McDonnell Get Big Wins in Newcastle Tony Bellew: I'll End Tyson Fury's Comeback Run, No Problem! Ocampo: I Got Overconfident at The End, Spence Caught Me Spence: A Little Disappointed, Wanted it To Go Until 4th or 5th Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. Retires Cristian Mijares With TKO in Three Angel Acosta Stops Carlos Buitrago in Final Round, Retains Title Hearn: Canelo-Golovkin Deal Pushes Back Joshua-Wilder Fight Jose Zepeda Survives To Score Dramatic Knockout of Carlos Diaz Richard Rivera Stops Jaime Solorio in The Eight Round Errol Spence Wipes Out Carlos Ocampo in One Round Errol Spence vs. Carlos Ocampo - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Danny Roman Outworks Moises Flores To Retain WBA Title Danny Roman vs. Moises Flores - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Granados-Fortuna Ends in No-Decision After Freak Accident Granados vs. Fortuna - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Murray: D*ckhead Saunders Hoped For Golovkin, Faked Injury Andrzej Fonfara Debuts at Cruiser, Stops Ismayl Sillakh in Six Danny Roman vs. Moises Flores - CompuBox Historical Review Granados vs. Fortuna - CompuBox Historical Review Josh Kelly Stops Kris George, Adds Commonwealth Belt Errol Spence vs. Carlos Ocampo - CompuBox Historical Review Lewis Ritson Takes Out Hyland Jr. In One, Wins British Outright Gavin McDonnell Outpoints Stuart Hall, Retains WBC Regional Charlie Edwards Stops Nelson in Solid Win, Calls Out Kal Yafai
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement