WBC President committed to making Joshua v Wilder, confirms Stevenson v Jack agreement

RINGSIDE 02/01/2018

Mauricio Sulaiman has begun 2018 by outlining the current situation regarding mandatories and voluntaries in each division.

In this section of the confirmation, Mr. Sulaiman has stated what will happen from heavyweight to super-middleweight.

This will affect Deontay Wilder, Mairis Briedis, Adonis Stevenson and David Benavidez.

Third mentioned Stevenson has not made mandatory defense since defeating Tony Bellew in 2013.

Here’s what Mr. Sulaiman had to say on each matter, with more to follow on the rest of the weight classes.


Champion Deontay Wilder (USA) made his mandatory defense in November, so he is in a voluntary stage and is free to defend his title.

He has also expressed his absolute desire to fight Anthony Joshua, which is the fight the world wants to see, and the WBC will fully support such a tremendous bout.


Champion Mairis Breidis (Latvia) will fight Alexandr Usyk in a unification about in the World Boxing Super Series tournament.

The WBC fully supports this great tournament concept, and the cruiserweight mandatory defense will be addressed at the end of the tournament in May.

Light heavyweight

Champion Adonis Stevenson (Haiti-Canada) will fight former WBC super middleweight champion Badou Jack in a highly-anticipated match.

Mandatory challenger Eleider Alvarez will fight Oleksandr Gvozdyk for the WBC interim title, due to the fact that the mandatory defense has been delayed for several reasons.

Both winners must fight immediately after their matches.

Super middleweight

Champion David Benavidez (Mexico) will fight a rematch with Ronald Gavril in February.

WBC Diamond champion Callum Smith (UK) was crowned during the WBSS, and will continue to participate in the tournament.

The mandatory situation will be addressed at the end of the tournament.