Alvarez holds press conference demanding title shot against Stevenson
Eleider Alvarez has patiently waited for his WBC world title fight, but his patience is wearing thin.
Alvarez sat with trainer Marc Ramsay and manager Stephane Lepine on August 30 at a press conference, denouncing Stevenson’s recent statement that he would not fight his mandatory challenger in Alvarez.
The trio made clear their intentions of fighting Stevenson in the near future, or have Stevenson stripped of his world title.
Alvarez became top contender in November of 2015 and has been waiting for his opportunity to fight for a world title since then, defeating French Canadian icons Lucian Bute and Jean Pascal in the process.
In that time, Stevenson made two optional defenses of his world title against lesser competition, seemingly to avoid a showdown with Alvarez.
In a recent interview with TVA Sports, Stevenson cited a lack of interest in the fight amongst major networks, meaning that the money wouldn’t be there for the two to compete. Instead, Stevenson turned his attention to Badou Jack, who made his debut in the division on August 26 in capturing the acting WBA Light Heavyweight title. The two fighters have both shared an interest in fighting one another.
But it won’t be that easy. During yesterday’s press conference, Lepine said that they had spoke with WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman and he said that Stevenson had no choice but to defend his title against Alvarez.
"He confirmed that Adonis Stevenson will not face anyone except Eleider Alvarez, otherwise he will lose his title," said Lepine during the press conference.
On top of that, there was a contractual agreement in both of their June 3 fights that if Alvarez was successful against Pascal and Stevenson was successful against Andrzej Fonfara that the two would meet if they won, which they were.
And while Stevenson cites Alvarez as the issue with the selling of tickets, Ramsey fought back saying it was Stevenson who was not the big enough draw to bring people in.
"He says that a fight against Alvarez would not be a seller,” Ramsay said. “If it's not a salesman, it's because of you, Mr. Stevenson. You do not sell.”
Stevenson said during his recent TVA Sports interview that he expected to be back in the ring before Christmas, meaning there should be resolution to the ongoing saga in the near future.