WBC middleweight tournament on the horizon; Smith and Bute or Alvarez set for title shots

WBN 18/12/2016

At the WBC 54th Convention in Miami, a mandatory update was given for each division as the World Boxing Council prepare for the New Year.

Below are the announcements for light-heavyweight, super middleweight and middleweight.

Light Heavyweight: Champion Adonis Stevenson (Haiti/Canada)

A request from promoter Yvon Michel was approved by the Board of Governors: No. 1 ranked WBC Silver champion Eleider Alvarez of Colombia will fight No. 6 ranked Lucian Bute of Canada on February 24 in a Silver title defense and final eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger.

Stevenson will make his mandatory defense against the winner on April 29.

Super middleweight: Champion Badou Jack (Gambia/Sweden)

Jack is scheduled for a title unification bout against James Degale on January 14. The winner must make his mandatory defense against No. 1 ranked Callum Smith of Great Britain in his next fight. The free negotiation period begins on January 16.

Middleweight: Champion Gennady Golovkin (Kazakhstan)

Golovkin is set for a title unification bout against Daniel Jacobs on March 18, 2017.

The WBC ordered a four-man tournament between the highest available contenders to determine the mandatory challenger.

WBN Note: A fight with Canelo Alvarez would take precedent over the mandatory if agreed for September 2017. Jorge Sebastian Heiland will be involved in the mandatory tournament if he so wishes as the current number one rated fighter.

The World Boxing Council ratings for December are set to be announced imminently as the WBC Convention draws to a close

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