Arum Aiming For Stevenson-Gvozdyk
Following his majority draw with Badou Jack, it seems that Adonis Stevenson may have a new challenger to defend his WBC light heavyweight title against.
Stevenson has not made a mandatory defense since 2013, when he defeated David Haye, may end up facing the WBC interim light heavyweight champion Oleksander Gvozdyk, who is the current mandatory challenger.
Top Rank’s CEO Bob Arum, who promotes Gvozdyk, is looking to make this fight happen.
“Stevenson retained the title, he has to fight us now, we’re trying to get this done,” said Arum to BoxingScene.com.
“We’re not going to be negative about this – we know Stevenson can’t come to the United States. So we’re not going to threaten him where if we win the purse bid and then put the fight in the United States and ‘you can’t come, so you’ll lose your title’. We wouldn’t do that.
“So what we’re suggesting is we’re willing to put the fight on, either making a deal with Yvon Michel, who is the promoter or going to purse bid. And our idea is to put the fight on in Kiev in conjunction with the WBC annual convention.”
It’s doubtful that Stevenson would travel to the Ukraine for this fight, which is fine with Arum, but for a price.
To which Arum responded – “Well, if he doesn’t want to, we go to purse bid, we win the purse bid we would certainly do it in Ukraine, right? Not in the United States, in the Ukraine. He can either go through with it or give up his title. If they win the purse bid, or they can offer us enough money, Gvozdyk will go to Canada and fight him in Canada.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene