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Alvarez Has No Interest In Oleksandr Gvozdyk

By Daniel Cloutier


MONTRÉAL - The Montrealer Eleider Alvarez confirmed he won’t fight the Ukrainian Oleksandr Gvozdyk for the WBC interim light heavyweight championship of the world. Last month, the WBC championship committee revealed its intention to sanction an unification titles bout between the WBC light heavyweight champion of the world, the Montrealer southpaw Adonis Stevenson (29-1-0) and the WBA 175 pounds champion of the world, the Swedish African Badou Jack (22-1-2), and a WBC interim championship of the world between Alvarez (23-0-0) and Gvozdyk (14-0-0).

For Alvarez, it’s… “No Way”.

“I fought five times for a WBC elimination bout, I am the mandatory challenger for Stevenson for close than two years, and now, the WBC championship committee wants to involve me in a sixth elimination fight? Out of question,” said Alvarez Thursday afternoon. “I mentioned to my promoter, Yvon Michel, that I am not interested at all to fight Gvozdyk for the WBC interim title, and he understands my decision. He knows I am deserving to fight for a world title. He knows I won enough elimination bouts to deserve a participation for a world championship bout. I want to fight Stevenson for the WBC world title. If Stevenson is fighting Badou Jack for the unification of the WBC and WBA titles next spring, I won’t fight on this card. I will challenge the winner of this bout…period.”

A Colombian of 33 years old living in Montréal since 2009, since the beginning of his pro boxing career, Alvarez won his five WBC elimination bouts against the Montrealers Lucian Bute (32-5-0) and Jean Pascal (32-5-1), the South Africans Isaac Chilemba (24-5-2) and Ryno Leibenberg (18-5-0), and Isidro Inano Prieto (27-2-3), from Paraguay.



 

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