News | Sep 28 2016

Adonis Stevenson versus Eleider Alvarez still not official

The mandated bout between light heavyweights Adonis Stevenson and Eleider Alvarez is in a strange state of limbo
Adonis Stevenson vs Badou Jack
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ADONIS Stevenson’s last mandatory defense of his WBC title was on November 30, 2013. With no fight currently scheduled for the Haitian-born, Montreal-based champion, it is becoming increasingly likely that Stevenson, the WBC’s belt-holder at 175 pounds, will go a full three years without having to fight the first guy in line for his world title.

In Stevenson’s defense- no pun intended- negotiations with Sergey Kovalev went down the tubes after the Russian and his promoters withdrew from the purse bid ordered by the Mexico City based sanctioning body last April.

The blame game between promoters, networks, and advisors saturated social media and spilled out into the sports columns but the fans never got clear answers as to why Stevenson-Kovalev fell through.