Exclusive: Stevenson sure he can make 168, but questions why he should have to come down for GGG
In a recent interview with WBN, current World Boxing Council light heavyweight title holder Adonis Stevenson confirmed that a future fight at 168 pounds in not out of the question.
The 38 year-old, who is on the lookout for a spring return to action, is able to move back down to super middleweight from 175 despite a three-and-a-half-year absence – dependent on the right offer coming along.
Stevenson was discussing any potential shifts in weight as a super-fight with Sergey Kovalev continues to elude him, and while ruling out a move up to 200 pounds, ‘Superman’ would not consider giving any weight advantage to middleweight king Gennady Golovkin for a meeting between their respective classes.
“I’m no cruiserweight but I can still fight at 168 if I need to. But why would I go to 168 when I am the lineal champion?” – Stevenson exclusively told World Boxing News when asked the direct question of facing ‘GGG’.
“I don’t have to go to 168 now because I’m the champ. I’m the world champion and I don’t have to move now. I don’t see those big, big fights at 168 right now – who I can fight.”
Adding more on why 200 pounds is off the table, Stevenson said: “I walk around at like 185, so I’m no cruiserweight. I don’t look at cruiserweight as a move for me as it would be tough for me to get to that weight.”
Three-belt champion Golovkin is currently lined up to challenge the winner of Canelo Alvarez v Amir Khan following his next defense against Dominic Wade, although the general consensus is that 2017 is the more likely date for his mandated WBC title chance.
That leaves a window of opportunity for Golovkin to possibly explore a move up against a 168 or 175 contender – with the likes of Bernard Hopkins, Andre Ward, James DeGale and the winner of Badou Jack v Julio Cesar Chavez all decent choices.