Stevenson Calls Out Kovalev-Ward Winner
The boxing world will be watching closely this weekend when WBA/WBO/IBF light-heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev takes on Andre Ward, but perhaps none will watch closer than Adonis Stevenson. The lineal champion says he is ready for a unification fight against whoever emerges victorious on Saturday.
Stevenson and Kovalev’s camps have gone back and forth for years, trying to set up a 175-lb. unification bout. Stevenson holds the WBC belt, the last major light-heavyweight that Kovalev does not own.
Before unification talks can proceed, Stevenson will sit back and enjoy what has been billed as the fight of the year.
"It’s a 50-50 fight and I will definitely be watching from home," Stevenson told BoxingScene.
Stevenson last fought in July, knocking out Thomas Williams Jr. by knockout in a defense of his title. His next fight will be a defense against mandatory challenger Eleider Alvarez in the first quarter of 2017. After that, though, he will set his sights on the winner of this weekend’s "Pound for Pound" matchup.
"The winner has to fight the lineal and WBC champion," Stevenson said. "I’m the king and I am the lineal champion. It’s like that. I am the king and if you can beat the king then you are the king."