WBC champ Adonis Stevenson targets Andre Ward unification
It didn’t take WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson long to announce his intention to challenge new pound for pound king Andre Ward.
The 39 year-old, who has defeated every man he’s faced in a professional ring, watched live as Ward stunned arch-rival Sergey Kovalev at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night via a wafer thin margin.
Stevenson even streamed his team’s reaction to Ward’s victory on several social media platforms before calling on the American ‘S.O.G’ to agree a four-belt title fight in the coming months.
“Congratulations to Andre Ward. Now it’s time to unify the titles,” said Stevenson.
‘Superman’ may have a considerable wait to gain his chance following the news that Kovalev’s team plan to exercise an immediate rematch clause, leaving Stevenson potentially out in the cold until the back end of 2017.
By then, and provided he can stay undefeated in that time, Stevenson would be well into his 40th year and possibly in the last knockings of his career.
It’s unlikely Ward would be afforded a fight with Stevenson before sharing another meeting opposite Kovalev as the Russian feels hard done by and wants the opportunity to regain his position at the earliest convenience.
The fans are also demanding a second helping due to the nature of the finale as Ward looked surprised his name was read out, whilst the majority of those on social media and ringside scored the contest in favour of Kovalev.
A late spring/early summer return is now in the offing, which gives Ward more time to acclimatize to the 175 division and possibly head into the second clash as a slight favorite to retain his crown.