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.
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.