Four and a half years ago Adonis Stevenson became the WBC light heavyweight champion of the world when he destroyed Chad Dawson in amazing fashion in the first round of their fight. Since that victory, Stevenson has defended his title against some good names but has been given the go-ahead to keep fighting without facing his mandatory challenger.
Eleider Alvarez gained the WBC silver light heavyweight championship back in 2014. The Columbian transplant to Canada has yet to get a fight with Stevenson despite the fact that he has been campaigning to get a crack at the title he deserves to fight for. Alvarez has accepted step aside money on more than a couple occasions and it seemed like after his last fight he would no longer step aside but wouldn’t you know it, he will not get a crack at Stevenson yet again.
In a tale that has been getting longer as the day grows, Stevenson will not face his mandatory challenger but will instead face Badou Jack according to reports. Jack may not have the most impressive record on paper but it does seem to compare to Alvarez’ record. On top of that, Jack was impressive in his light heavyweight debut when he took on and stopped Nathan Cleverly for the WBA light heavyweight title. While I am disappointed that Alvarez will not get a crack at Stevenson I am thrilled to see that Stevenson is taking on a very live opponent, one that I assume will end up stopping him late in the fight.