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WBC to focus on Klitschkov v Stiverne mandatory bout this Thursday

Phil Jay 06/11/2013

The World Boxing Council have confirmed to WBN that the situation surrounding current heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and mandatory challenger Bermane Stiverne will be addressed tomorrow.

Speaking from the WBC Convention currently taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, Executive Director Mauricio Sulaiman stated that the long-awaited clash for the top division’s green belt with be a priority at a pre-arranged general assembly.

The WBC have been criticised in some quarters for allowing Klitschko, 42, to keep his title for over a year without defending it, with Stiverne having fought two eliminators to earn his spot as the number one contender.

With the long-reigning Ukrainian announcing plans to run for president of his native country in 2015, it is widely thought the elder Klitschko could have just one or two fights left in him and Stiverne is determined that he will be one of those opponents.

A fight between Klitschko and the winner of the David Haye v Tyson Fury on February 8 in Manchester has also been suggested, with Stiverne possibly up first in a make-shift semi-final tournament if all parties agree.

36 year-old Stiverne has revealed to WBN in the past that he will not take an interim fight until he gains his stipulated title shot, with the Canadian set to find out either way this week when his chance will come.

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