WBC Orders Stevenson to Face Gvozdyk

The WBC has demanded its light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson must face the interim titleholder and his mandatory challenger, Oleksandr Gvozdyk. A purse bid is set for July 2.

This would be Stevenson’s first time facing a mandatory challenger since facing Tony Bellew in November 2013. If a deal is not reached and the fight goes to purse bid, Stevenson will be entitled to 65 percent.

Carl Moretti of Top Rank, which promotes Gvozdyk, has begun talks with Stevenson’s promoter, Yvon Michel.

“We’d like the fight to happen sooner rather than later,” Moretti said. “Whatever happens at the purse bid, if we don’t make a deal, will dictate when and where the fight happens.”

Stevenson defeated Chad Dawson to claim the WBC title back in June 2013, and he has defended the title nine times since. Stevenson battled Badou Jack to a draw last month, snapping a 16-fight win streak and giving Stevenson his first draw. The last time, and only times, Stevenson lost a bout was back in April 2010.

Gvozdyk is unbeaten at 15-0, with 12 of those wins coming by KO/TKO. He won the interim WBC Light Heavyweight Title in his most recent bout, a unanimous decision win over Mehdi Amar back on March 17.

Original Story: ESPN

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