WBC mandatory situations: Cruiserweight / Light-Heavyweight

RINGSIDE 29/06/2018

The World Boxing Council has released its half-year report on all seventeen weight classes as President Mauricio Sulaiman moves to keep fans in the loop on the mandatory situations. 

From minimumweight to heavyweight, everything is given full transparency in order to show what’s being done to make the best fights out there.

It has been a very good year for boxing so far, it is my pleasure to report a disclosure of the WBC administration of each division derived from the convention ruling and happenings during this time.

The WBC goal remains to do everything possible to facilitate and mediate to try to make the best fights possible for the fans. – Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC President

Below is the report for the cruiserweight and light-heavyweight divisions:


What was ordered?

Champion Mairis Briedis is in the World Boxing Super Series, so his mandatory status depends on who emerges as the winner and will be addressed at a later date.

What happened:

Oleksandr Usyk defeated Mairis Briedis by D12 and won the cruiserweight title on January 27 in Riga.

Maxim Vlasov defeated Olanrewaju Durodola by KOT10 and won the vacant silver title on February 3 in Sochi.

What’s next?

Oleksandr Usyk vs. Murat Gassiev – July 21 in Moscow

Light heavyweight:

What was ordered?

Champion Adonis Stevenson is scheduled to make a mandatory defense against No. 1 ranked Eleider Alvarez in December. Number 2 Oleksandr Gvozdyk against number 4 Marcus Browne was approved as final eliminator and when we know the availability of Barrera, he will fight the highest available contender.

What happened?

Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Marcus Browne – final eliminator. The manager of Browne did not accept to participate.

Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Sullivan Barrera for the Interim – purse offer Dec. 22. Barrera did not accept to participate.

The WBC ordered Adonis Stevenson vs. Badou Jack voluntary May 19.

Oleksandr Gvozdyk defeated Mehdi Amar by UD12 and won the interim title on March 17.

The winner of Stevenson vs. Jack to fight the interim champion with 65-35%

Eleider Alvarez remains as mandatory challenger and will fight versus the winner of champions vs. interim champion.

Eleider Alvarez will fight for the title of another organization, consequently was withdrawn his rights as mandatory contender and silver champion

Adonis Stevenson vs. Badou Jack fight ended in a draw and Stevenson retained his title on May 19, 2018.

What’s next?

Adonis Stevenson vs. Oleksandr Gvozdyk for the undisputed – purse offer July 2, 2018.