Stevenson, who recently defeated ex-super middleweight champion Sakio Bika to keep a firm grip on his green belt on his own network Showtime, has been called upon by Kovalev to agree a clash on rival station HBO which has left any talks between the two at a standstill.
“Sergey is looking for excuses. I know that I can beat him and he never fights big power punchers,” said Stevenson.
“My message to Sergey Kovalev is to fight me as soon as possible and stop sending silly messages. It’s not about the money. This is very much about who is the best! I know I’m the best and I’m the WBC Champion.
“If I fight him, I will win by KO. I know that I can beat him. I’m ready to fight him and this is the time.”
As ‘Superman’ eyes his next opponent without Kovalev in the frame, former foe Andrzej Fonfara is being linked to a possible rematch after the pair shared an entertaining twelve rounds in May 2014. Fonfara recently demolished Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in a career-best performance and Stevenson says the Poles Mexican opponent should now head back down in weight.
“This was a very good fight for Fonfara. You could see that he was bigger than Chavez, Chavez hadn’t been in the ring for 13 months, and Julio should definitely go to 168lbs. In that fight, Fonfara used speed and movement,” he stated.