Stevenson left to focus on Monaghan as Ward v Kovalev II is agreed for June

Phil Jay 04/04/2017
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Any chance WBC light-heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson had of a meeting with Andre Ward has now disappeared.

‘Superman’ called out Ward after the American defeated Sergey Kovalev in November, despite the fact the ‘S.O.G’ was expected to follow through on a rematch clause.

Stevenson’s own career had seemingly stalled as there were question marks over three titles possibly becoming vacant, although pound for pound king Ward is now set to face Kovalev in a highly-anticipated rematch on June 17.

Following through on just one fight per year in each of the last three years, Stevenson has consistently missed out on battles with the bigger names.

As Ward v Kovalev II closes in on an official announcement this Tuesday, the news leaves Stevenson to follow through on a meeting with Sean Monaghan before a mandatory against Eleider Alvarez.

The first meeting between Ward and Kovalev in November ended controversially on the scorecards when the challenger took the champion’s straps before subsequently considering an early retirement.

Much debating has ended with Ward deciding the pair would meet again this summer, with a date on the verge of being confirmed by the ‘S.O.G’ and his team.

Kovalev was always keen to regain his position as the number one at 175 pounds and now gets the chance at a venue said to be rubberstamped and thought to be in Las Vegas.