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Stevenson makes step-aside agreement with Alvarez

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Adonis Stevenson will now be making another voluntary defense of his light heavyweight title.

Adonis Stevenson v Thomas Williams Jr. Photo by Mathieu Belanger/Getty Images

WBC light heavyweight champion has just reached a deal with mandatory challenger Eleider Alvarez to step-aside so that he can make a voluntary title defense. WBN received a copy of a letter from promoter Yvon Michel, who promotes both fighters, to the WBC which acknowledges the agreement:

Dear Mr President,

By this email, I wish to confirm that the WBC Silver Light heavyweight champion, #1 and mandatory contender to WBC champion Adonis Stevenson, has voluntarily agreed to step aside from his privilege, to give the opportunity to Adonis Stevenson of making a voluntary title defense in is up and coming fight.

It is understood both fighters, Stevenson and his opponent, are going to confirm, in writing, their commitment to defend the WBC light heavyweight title against Alvarez, in the very next fight, if they are the winner of this voluntarily title defense.

Stevenson has been rumored to be targeting an April fight against Seanie Mongahan but that hasn’t been made official as of yet. What we do know is that Stevenson won’t be fighting Alvarez next, and that Stevenson hasn’t made a mandatory defense since Alvarez won the position in November 2015.