Isaac Chilemba, Eleider Alvarez agree to WBC eliminator

Phil Jay 26/08/2015

The World Boxing Council finally have their light heavyweight title eliminator in place following an agreement by Isaac Chilemba and Eleider Alvarez.

Chilemba, who is ranked number one, was offered a clash against Andrzej Fonfara initially, although the Pole chose instead to fight former WBO champion Nathan Cleverly in Chicago this coming October. That led the WBC to offer number three-ranked Alvarez the opportunity which the undefeated Colombian has gladly accepted.

The pair were given a month to agree the fight this week but Chilemba himself confirmed to WBN on Wednesday morning that Alvarez had rubberstamped his participation in the mandatory contest.

“We got a confirmation this morning that Eleider Alvarez accepted the fight. So it’s official,” Chilemba told World Boxing News.

Whoever comes out on top will then be the next in line to face current 175lb WBC title holder Adonis Stevenson at some point next year and means Alvarez could potentially come up against his GYM stablemate.

Stevenson is scheduled to defend his green belt against Tommy Karpency on September 11 in Toronto before his obligation to the WBC will then kick in.

Either Chilemba or Alvarez, who are both in fine form, will be seen as a decent test for ‘Superman’ – who has been questioned about his choice of Karpency as an opponent since the announcement earlier this year.