Having beaten Corrie Sanders to capture the WBC title in April 2004, the 42-year-old Klitschko (45-2, 41 KOs) suffered a right hand injury and has been deemed unfit to defend his belt until March.
Klitschko last exited the squared circle in September 2012 with a fourth round TKO win over “Diamond Boy” Manuel Charr.
Comparatively, the 34-year-old Stiverne (22-1-1, 20 KOs) has emerged victorious in two elimination bouts and most recently battered Chris Arreola to earn a unanimous decision triumph on April 27.
Unfortunately for Stiverne, “Dr. Ironfist” has expressed interest in next throwing fists against David Haye.
The 32-year-old Haye (26-2, 24 KOs) will meet Tyson Fury on September 28 at the Manchester Arena in North West England.
“All mandatory defenses of titles will be discussed and voted for at our 561st annual convention in Thailand being held form November 3 to November 9,” said Sulaiman. “However, with regards to Haye, Vitali has a mandatory challenger in Stiverne and I believe that the convention will ratify their commitment to giving him a chance to fight for the WBC title.”
Leading the UDAR (Punch) party to a surprising third place finish in the Ukrainian parliamentary election in October, Klitschko hasn’t decided whether to again scrap or focus on politics.
A former mayoral candidate who is 15-2 in world championship contests, “Dr. Iron Fist” hasn’t been overcome since Lennox Lewis escaped with an extremely controversial sixth round TKO win in June 2003.
Never floored as a professional and owning the second-highest heavyweight knockout percentage (87.76%), the 6-foot-8, 245 pound Klitschko will ultimately be remembered as one of history’s premier pugilists.
Regardless, entirely dismissing Haye, “Vitali has a mandatory challenger in Stiverne.”