Exclusive: As with Kovalev, WBC would help make future Stevenson v Ward clash

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Mauricio Sulaiman has informed WBN any future attempts to make a fight between new light-heavyweight king Andre Ward and WBC title holder Adonis Stevenson would be welcomed by the World Boxing Council.

Ward defeated Sergey Kovalev last weekend by the tightest of margins to add the 175 crown to his reign at the summit of the super-middleweight limit and has duties for a return with the ‘Krusher’ in 2017.

Should Ward be able to repeat his success, the WBC President would have no problem overseeing discussions for a unification as Sulaiman did when Kovalev held all the aces at the weight class.

“Adonis Stevenson is going to do his mandatory fight against Eleider Alvarez and then we will see what happens,” Sulaiman exclusively told World Boxing News.

“If he fights Andre Ward it will be a great fight for all the titles. We tried to secure a fight for all the titles in the past (with Sergey Kovalev) and I think we need to do whatever it takes to bring boxing back to the interests of the public.”

Dates for Ward v Kovalev II are set to be negotiated in the coming weeks, with the fight likely to take place in the spring and possibly once again heading to a venue in Las Vegas.

Kovalev dropped Ward early in the first meeting before taking his foot off the gas down the stretch to allow the American back into the fight and eventually inflict a first defeat on the big-punching Russian.