Despite confusion surrounding both fights, it seems Andrzej Fonfara is set to ditch the chance to fight Isaac Chilemba in a WBC final eliminator in order to see through his clash with ex-WBO champion Nathan Cleverly.
Fonfara originally agreed to meet Cleverly on October 16 in Chicago a few weeks ago, although the WBC’s decision to announce the Pole as half of their 175lb mandatory bout then put the Cleverly fight in jeopardy.
After a short period of uncertainty, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman has stated that Eleider Alvarez will replace Fonfara in talks to face Chilemba, leaving the door open for Fonfara to continue preparations for Cleverly.
It’s not yet certain if undefeated Colombian Alvarez has accepted terms to face highly-ranked Chilemba, and when contacted by WBN, both sides were coy and weren’t giving anything away in the early stages of negotiations.
Finally, Terence Crawford’s first WBO super lightweight title defense will be made official on Monday as the American battles Dierry Jean in Omaha later this year. For Crawford (26-0, 18 KOs), it will be the third time Omaha has hosted a world title fight for its hometown hero.
Jean (29-1, 20 KOs), from Montréal, Québec, Canada, returns to the ring riding a four-bout winning streak, three of those victories coming by way of knockout, since losing a 12-round decision to world champion Lamont Peterson last year.