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Stevenson wants rematch with Bellew if Usyk upset happens

Adonis Stevenson says he’d love to get a shot at cruiserweight gold.

Adonis Stevenson v Badou Jack Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Adonis Stevenson, the WBC light heavyweight champion, says that if Tony Bellew upsets Oleksandr Usyk on Saturday in Manchester, he’d love to rematch Bellew for the undisputed cruiserweight championship — but he expects Usyk to win.

“I would like it if he wins. If he does win, I can fight him up at cruiserweight and beat him as a cruiserweight for the titles. If I can fight for all four belts, I would like it. I would prefer to fight for them at catchweight, but I am the lineal champion at light-heavyweight, so I would like four more belts. ... Usyk has the edge. He won the big World Boxing Super Series tournament and I think he will give Bellew the L.”

Stevenson (29-1-1, 24 KO) beat Bellew pretty handily at 175 pounds back in 2013, stopping him in six rounds, but Bellew (30-2-1, 20 KO) has found greater success at cruiserweight, winning a world title before moving to heavyweight for a pair of star-making victories over David Haye.

As for right now, Stevenson has a full plate with mandatory challenger Oleksandr Gvozdyk (15-0, 12 KO) his next opponent on Dec. 1 in Quebec City, a fight which will air on Showtime before the Wilder-Fury pay-per-view that same evening.

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