WBC Sanctions Stevenson-Jack Title Fight
World Boxing Council has sanctioned two fights in the light heavyweight division, according to President Mauricio Sulaiman.
The two fights sanctioned by Sulaiman are a world title fight between WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson and once-beaten challenger Badou Jack, and a final eliminator between undefeated contenders Eleider Alvarez and Oleksandr Gvozdyk.
Jack, who previously held the WBC super middleweight title, moved up to 175 last August when he knocked out Nathan Cleverly to capture the WBA world title at light heavyweight.
He vacated that belt not long after, to pursue the fight with Stevenson.
Stevenson was under an order to fight Alvarez, but managed to work out a deal with the sanctioning body to face Jack.
Alvarez has been the mandatory challenger to Stevenson for the last two years and needed to win three final eliminators. Alvarez was paid a high step-aside fee to allow Stevenson-Jack to go forward. In 2017 he packed in wins over former world champions Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute.
On the other, Gvozdyk is a rising force in the division, but Alvarez will by far be his biggest step up in class.
Gvozdyk has scored major knockout wins over Craig Baker, Isaac Chilemba and Yunieski Gonzalez in his last three fights. One logistical piece would be where the fight airs, as Gvodzyk is promoted by Top Rank, which as a deal with ESPN, or land as a co-featured Showtime bout to Stevenson vs. Jack.
“Champion Adonis Stevenson will fight former WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack in a highly-anticipated match. Mandatory challenger Eleider Alvarez will fight Oleksandr Gvozdyk for the WBC interim title, due to the fact that the mandatory defense has been delayed for several reasons. Both winners must fight immediately after their matches,” said Sulaiman.