Malawi boxer Isaac Chilemba will have to fight in an eliminator before facing WBC champion Adonis Stevenson.
The South Africa based in-form light-heavyweight, is set to return to action this month according to worldboxignews. com.
Chilemba last fought in March in a fight he ended Vasily Lepikhin’s undefeated record.
The ‘Golden Boy’ has been very vocal in calling on Stevenson to give him an immediate shot at the title.
WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman, confirmed that Chilemba will eventually be able to earn the chance outright.
“The World Boxing Council is going to announce a final elimination bout and that includes Isaac Chilemba. The thing is, Sergey Kovalev was the mandatory so we were left without a mandatory when he pulled out of purse bids to fight Adonis Stevenson,” Sulaiman told World Boxing News.
“The elimination fight should be done in July as we have a review due on the half-year report. Everything has been transparent, it’s an open floor. We release it, we show it and we comply. This will be the case when that elimination is final.”
Chilemba has since expressed his relief at the WBC’s recent ruling.
“I’ll be a very happy man when the WBC do that. I’ll finally get that chance I deserve as the number one contender,” he said.
“I’m fighting now on 25th July on the Kovalev vs Mohammedi card, but my opponent is not yet confirmed. I’ll love to go for the WBC belt in my next fight as I want to fight Adonis Stevenson.”
Chilemba’s foe for his upcoming ten-rounder at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas will be officially revealed by his promoter Kathy Duva over the next few days.
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