About Adonis Stevenson And His RING Belt…

The sanctioning bodies get flak galore for sometimes being fast and loose with their regulations.

But, looking on the bright side, at least they HAVE rules and regulations, right?

Sometimes it’s up to us to remind them of that built-in structure, which can serve to, sometimes, force powers that be that might not want to capitulate to reason to do so…

In that context, I’m right now thinking about that Sergey Kovalev vs. Adonis Stevenson fight which in a more perfect world would have already have happened. It hasn’t happened, and why that is depends on who you ask…

But looking forward, and working to make it soon, makes good sense, because if we get stuck on past tense happenings, we can get caught in that quagmire indefinitely.

Looking forward…

Kovalev holds the WBA, WBO and IBF 175 belts, Stevenson the WBC’s version, and also the RING version.

I am wondering if we point out some of the regulations that are already in effect, we can help push all parties to doing the right thing, and that’s having the two perceived best face off. Such as:

According to the RING rules, a champ can lose the RING belt if he does not schedule a fight with a top 5 contender for two years. The last top 5 guy that Adonis fought was, it looks like, Tavoris Cloud, in September of 2013. Bellew was No. 7, Fonfara was No. 8, Sukhotsky, Bika and Karpency, unranked. Thus, correct me if I’m wrong, shouldn’t Adonis be stripped of that RING belt? We don’t see Adonis-Kovalev being made this year, and by looking at the current RING ratings, it doesn’t seem bouts against any of those fellas are viable…so is stripping imminent?

Or, rather than doing that, what say we reach a compromise, and say, let him keep it…if he agrees to sign on and fight Kovalev.

All in all, I’m thinking that we should be encouraging the regulations that are in play to be followed, and push us in a direction of progress.

Thoughts, friends?

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COMMENTS

-deepwater2 :

This piece, is a thing of beauty. A tune up is one thing but enough is enough. Step it up Stevenson. Ward will get all the credit if he goes up a few lbs and takes on Kovalev. Triple has some other business but Ward should take a fight in November, to get the rust out,and then take on Kovalev. A win there,would put Ward at P4P 1


-brownsugar :

Adonis has the potential to lay anybody on their backside... but he's beginning to become an embarrassment to his management team. Even a fight with South African slickster Chelimba would be acceptable. Yes,....Massive KO potential is just sitting Idle. Why taunt Kovalev if he's not taking steps to force the fight? Its not as impossible to make as the promoters would have us believe, the demand is there, the mutual animosity is there, the cash flow is there,......AND THIS IS THE FIGHT GAME,( where a man can avenge himself in a sanctioned match of pure physical violence ).....make it happen!


-michigan400 :

Fighters make the belt mean something, not the other way around. IMO let him decide if he wants to keep it. Everyone knows SK has a more legit claim to be the biggest baddest dog in the kennel right now. Make it vacant until they fight or someone else beats them both!


-Scar :

This piece, is a thing of beauty. A tune up is one thing but enough is enough. Step it up Stevenson. Ward will get all the credit if he goes up a few lbs and takes on Kovalev. Triple has some other business but Ward should take a fight in November, to get the rust out,and then take on Kovalev. A win there,would put Ward at P4P 1
Didn't Kovalev' team recently turn him down?.


-brownsugar :

Kovalev's team couldn't participate (compete) in the purse bid because Haymon would have won and SK is signed with HBO.


-SouthPawFlo :

Nice Article... Ward will have his belt soon enuff...


-deepwater2 :

Didn't Kovalev' team recently turn him down?.
BSug is right. It's not that they turned him down,they decided not to go to purse bid. Pretty sure, Duva is on record as offering 50-50 and Kovalev will fight in Canada. That is fair.


-Bernie Campbell :

Be careful when Pat Russell is the referee when Stevenson fights. Something is definitely not Kosher in that arrangement!