WBC President Mauricio Sulamain has stated that WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO title holder Wladimir Klitschko will not be considered for a shot at the WBC championship despite his desire to hold every belt on offer.
Klitschko, 37, is keen on bringing the famous green belt back his family following the long reign of his now-retired brother Vitali, although the single-minded Sulaiman has made it clear that this will not happen in the immediate future.
“The agreements must be respected. We made that decision at the last Convention and Deontay Wilder is the mandatory challenger. So Bermane Stiverne has to face him first,” Sulaiman stated this week.
New champion Stiverne had less than a week to enjoy his rousing rematch success against American Chris Arreola in Los Angeles on May 10, before the WBC chief stipulated that knockout artist Wilder would be the only challenger considered next.
Celebrated as Haiti’s first world heavyweight champion, Stiverne now has just a few weeks to enjoy his status until he will surely go into his first defence of the title as the underdog, with Wilder having stopped all 31 of his opponents within four rounds.
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