TORONTO - The World Boxing Council has ordered immediate negotiations between Canada's Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola of the United States to fight for the vacant WBC heavyweight title.
Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs), a Haitian-born boxer who was raised in Montreal, is the No. 1-ranked contender for the title, which was vacated on Monday by Vitali Klitschko so he could focus on his presidential campaign in his native Ukraine.
Arreola (36-3) is the second-ranked contender. The two fighters met April 27 in Ontario, Calif., with Stiverne winning in a lopsided unanimous decision.
Klitschko has been named a "Champion Emeritus" by the WBC, a move that would allow him to challenge the new champion directly should he wish to resume his career.