Promoters Yvon Michel of GYM and Kathy Duva of Main Events have come to an agreement to hold a November meeting between light heavyweight contenders Eleider Alvarez and Isaac Chilemba, ordered by the WBC as an eliminator bout, with the winner in line to face Adonis Stevenson in 2016.
Alvarez (18-0, 10 KO) is coming off of an August 15 win in Montreal against Isidro Prieto, and the Colombian fighter, now based in Montreal, has worked his way into this opportunity, in a division that is lacking truly solid contenders for Stevenson and fellow titleholder Sergey Kovalev. Since those two aren't going to fight, the pickings are getting a little slim, as one or both of them have beaten just about everyone out there, including Bernard Hopkins, Jean Pascal, and Andrzej Fonfara.
Chilemba (24-2-2, 10 KO) has won four straight since a draw and a loss in back-to-back fights against Tony Bellew in 2013, including his most recent victory against Vasily Lepikhin on March 14. The 28-year-old, born in Malwai and based in South Africa, is actually three years younger than Alvarez, but has been right around this same level for a few years now. He's a crafty sort of fighter who could present some serious challenges for Alvarez, who hasn't often had to dig too deep against his opposition.
An exact date and venue for Alvarez-Chilemba will be announced soon.