WBC mandatory status update: Light-heavyweight / Super-middleweight / Middleweight

WBC 12/05/2017
World Boxing Council Heavyweight


Each division ruling activity follows on each case continuing with light-heavyweight, super-middleweight and middleweight.

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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.

  • Alvarez defeated Lucian Bute by KO5 in a silver title defense and final eliminator fight on February 24.
  • Alvarez stepped aside and Stevenson was granted a voluntary defense – Stevenson will fight Andrzej Fonfara on June 3.
  • The winner of this voluntary defense will make the mandatory against Alvarez.
  • A final elimination bout is ordered between Joe Smith and Oleksandr Gvozdyk.

Super middleweight: Champion Badou Jack (Gambia/Sweden)

Jack is scheduled for a title unification bout against IBF champion 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.

  • Badou Jack vs. James Degale fight ended in a draw, on January 14.
  • Badou Jack decided to move up in weight and the title was vacated.
  • The WBC ordered Callum Smith vs. Anthony Dirrell for the vacant. Contract dispute has delayed the fight date.
  • Avni Yildirim mandatory for winner
  • David Benavidez vs. Rogelio Medina – eliminator on May 20.

Middleweight: Champion Gennady Golovkin (Kazakhstan)

Golovkin is in negotiations for a title unification bout against WBA champion Daniel Jacobs. The WBC ordered a four-man tournament between the highest available contenders to determine the mandatory challenger.

  • Immanuwel Aleem defeated Ievgen Khytrov by TKO6 on January 14 and won the silver title.
  • Gennady Golovkin defeated Daniel Jacobs by UD12 on March 18, in a voluntary defense.
  • The WBC ordered Jorge Heiland vs. Jermall Charlo – final elimination to determine the mandatory contender.
  • Golovkin fights Canelo Alvarez on September 16 in a voluntary defense.