Light heavyweight contender Isaac Chilemba is delighted to finally see a light at the end of the tunnel as the Malawian moves one step closer to a WBC title shot.
As revealed by WBN in the summer, the World Boxing Council were to announce a final eliminator which included Chilemba, and after Andrzej Fonfara rejected the chance last month, Eleider Alvarez confirmed his participation in the contest.
Respective promoters for the pair are now locked in talks to make the mandatory fight a reality as Chilemba champs at the bit to get his hands on current green belt holder Adonis ‘Superman’ Stevenson.
“First, I’m very happy that Alvarez accepted the challenge and now I know who I’m fighting for this opportunity,” Chilemba told World Boxing News.
“After this fight, I’m going for that WBC belt and to get that championship as I always dreamed I would win.
“Second, I and everybody now know that Adonis Stevenson has got nowhere to run and once I am done with Alvarez and become the mandatory contender, Stevenson will have to face the challenge.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank my team for their hard work in getting me to this point,” he added.
Chilemba v Alvarez should conceivably come together before the end of November given the timescale handed down by the WBC, whilst Stevenson is currently preparing to defend his title against Tommy Karpency on September 11 in Toronto.
That would mean Stevenson versus the winner of Chilemba v Alvarez could happen by the end of next spring and decide who would then be in line for a potential summer unification with WBA, WBO and IBF title holder Sergey Kovalev.