On ESPN Friday night Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion was asked which of the three pictures ushown fighters would he prefer to fight next? They were Super WBA (2012), WBO (2008) and IBF (2006) champion Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko, the UK’s Tyson Fury and Russia’s Alexander Povetkin.
Wilder chose Klitschko and then Fury. Being Povetkin holds the WBC Silver title making him the No. 1 WBC contender he should be first. Klitschko has an April date defending his Super WBA title against Philly’s Bryant Jennings who is his No. 2 in the WBA with No. 1 vacant. Only thing is the WBA champion is Germany’s Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev.
Wilder became the first US champion in 8 years since Chris “Rapid Fire” Byrd lost the IBF title to Wladimir in 2006. Klitschko won the WBO title in 2000 before losing it in 2003 to South Africa’s Corrie Sanders who in his next fight lost to Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko for the vacant WBC title. Sanders never defended his WBO title.
Vitali won the WBO title in 1999 and lost it the following year to Chris Byrd. He failed in 2003 to win the WBC title from Lennox Lewis who retired after the bout. Lewis was fortunate a bad cut halted Vitali who was coming on strong in the fight. Vitali would win an eliminator bout and then defeat Sanders for the vacant WBC title. He made 11 title defenses until his last bout in 2012 when he retired.
Vitali’s WBC title was vacant until Haiti’s Bermane “B.WARE” Stiverne who was living in Las Vegas, NV, defeated Chris Arreloa of CA, who lost to Vitali in 2008 in an attempt to win the WBC title. Stiverne held the title for 8 months before losing it to Wilder in his first defense on Muhammad Ali’s birthday January 17th of 2015. On Friday Wilder informed ESPN he broke his hand around the fifth round of that fight.
Byrd won the WBO title in 2000 from Wladimir Klitschko only to lose it to Vitali in his first defense. In 2002 Byrd defeated Evander “the Real Deal” Holyfield and losing it in 2006 to Wladimir.
Povetkin won the WBA title in 2011 only to lose it to Wladimir in 2013 making the latter the “Super” WBA champion. David “Hayemaker” Haye of the UK won the WBA title from Russia’s Nikolay Valuev in 2009 only to lose it to Wladimir in 2011. Haye hasn’t fought since 2012. Valuev won the WBA title in 2005 from John “Quiet Man” Ruiz and lost it to Chagaev in 2007. Chagaev lost it to Wladmir in 2009 and lost to Povetkin fighting for the vacant WBA title. Chagaev won the vacant WBA title defeating Fres Oquendo in July of 2014 but has yet to defend it.
Fury won the British and Commonwealth title in 2011, the Irish and WBO Inter-Continental title along with a WBC eliminator fight over Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson in 2012 but never got a shot at the WBC title. In November of 2014 he won the European and WBO International title and re-won the British vacant title again against Dereck Chisora who held the European and WBO International titles.
In April Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Glazkov the No. 2 IBF contender (No. 1 vacant) meets No. 4 Steve “USS” Cunningham who had Fury on the canvas only to lose by controversial stoppage in 2013. The winner will be the No. 1 contender in the IBF. Fury is No. 1 in the WBO and fights No. 3 Romanian Christian Hammer of Germany the end of this month in a WBO International title defense. Fury is also No. 3 in both the IBF and WBC while No. 5 in the WBA.
With Wladimir turning 39 next month and his fiancé just giving birth to their baby daughter. His brother retired at age 41 and eventually became Mayor of Kiev, Ukraine. Since holding all three titles since 2011 Wladimir defended them three times in 2012 and twice each in 2013 and 2014. He’s up to 22 title defenses though he was only given credit for 17 (IBF defenses) after stopping his No. 1 IBF contender Kubat Pulev. It was mentioned at the time it was only for the IBF title but seems all three titles were on the line. The first title he won was the WBO and he made 5 successful defenses of that title.
Now that you and I are totally confused the bottom line is Wladimir wants all four titles and I believe that will be before March of 2016 when he turns 40. His plans if he is successful with Jennings in April would be to fight again in September. That one could be with Wilder but if not (Shannon Briggs No. 6 WBA?) than possibly in January of 2016. He’s 63-3 with 53 knockouts.
Wladimir’s losses were by knockout of which he only revenged the one against Lamon Brewster. His other two losses were to Ross Puritty and Sanders whom his brother Vital “revenged” for him. Vitali ended up 45-2 with 41 knockouts. Of his two losses his brother Wladimir “revenged” winning twice over Byrd but neither brother was given a chance to any “revenge” over Lennox Lewis who retired after defeating Vitali. Together the Klitchko’s are 108-5 with 94 knockouts! If “TAG TEAM BOXING” ever comes about bet on the Klitchko’s!
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