The WBC has confirmed overnight that the proposed interim light-heavyweight title clash between Eledier Alvarez & Oleksandr Gvozdyk has been cancelled, this news comes following the withdrawal of Alvarez from the upcoming purse bid for the contest which was due to be held on 12th of January in Mexico.
WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman confirmed the news to both parties on Wednesday with ESPN obtaining the letter, with the organisation to review the matter in due course.
“The WBC has received official notification from Alvarez in which he has withdrawn from the fight for the WBC interim title, consequently the purse bid scheduled for this Friday is now cancelled.”
“The WBC will now take the matter back to the WBC board to review and make a ruling on the division.”
The move from Alvarez (23-0) to pull out of the interim title clash comes as a surprise following his previous insistence to follow the WBC route to a world title clash with promotional stablemate Adonis Stevenson. Stevenson has held the title since June 2013 following his dethroning of former previous title holder Chad Dawson with a first-round knockout to claim the title. Stevenson has had arguably the most controversial title reign in many years, having only faced one mandatory challenger as champion as far back as November of 2013 with victory over Tony Bellew.
Alvarez has officially been the mandatory challenger for Stevenson since November of 2015, however, has previously agreed to step aside to allow Stevenson make a number of voluntary defences since being mandated as Stevenson’s mandatory. The WBC was attempting Alvarez to face fellow unbeaten title contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk in the proposed interim world title clash, with the winner to face Stevenson next after his proposed clash with Badou Jack or Jack if he was to dethrone Stevenson.
Promoter Yvon Michel explained to ESPN that he saw no point in Alvarez fighting a”fourth title eliminator” despite the clash, in fact, being an interim title bout with the winner of the bout guaranteeing themselves a healthier percentage split of any purses when they are to challenge for the full title.
Gvozdyk, however, is one of the most avoided light-heavyweights currently on the scene currently holding NABF & WBO NABO regional light-heavyweight titles. A former decorated amateur Godzdyk is unbeaten so far in his 14 fight career, holding victories over Yunieski Gonzalez, Isaac Chilemba, Tommy Karpency and Nadjib Mohammedi.