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Great Black Hopes & White Successors to Wladimir Klitschko
By Ken Hissner, Dog House Boxing (Nov 16, 2015)

Wladimir Klitschko
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Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko, 64-3 (53) has held at least a portion of the heavyweight title for 9 years. He once shared it with his brother Vitali. Wladimir has 23 defenses though the ring commentators only give him credit for 17 or 19.

The WBC didn’t give Klitschko the opportunity to win his brothers retired title but chose now No. 4 WBC and No. 12 IBF ranked Haitian Bermane Stivern, of Las Vegas, NV, 25-2-1 (21) and Deontay Wilder, 35-0 (34) to fight for it. Wilder won and has “pretended to be the champion” with title defenses against his No. 6 and No. 12 contenders.

Klitschko is defending his title’s November 28th against Tyson Fury, 24-0 (18), of the UK in Germany. Fury is ranked No. 2 in both the WBA and IBF. Vyacheslay Glazkov, 21-0-1 (13) of the Ukraine is the No. 1 ranked in the IBF and will be a strong consideration for the title shot of the Klitschko-Fury winner. Glazkov has had a pair of controversial wins over Derrick Rossy and Steve “USS” Cunningham.

Fury and Glazkov along with WBC No. 1 and WBO No. 4 ranked Alexander “Russian Vityaz” Povetkin, 30-1 (22), who lost a decision to Klitschko in 2013 and is on the hunt to meet Wilder in the Spring if the WBC holder is successful in his next defense in January.

Uzbekistan’s Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev, 34-2-1 (12) out of Germany is the WBA holder. He lost to Klitschko in 2009 and Povetkin in 2011. The Commonwealth champion was Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne who is 23-0 (20) from Australia in 2014 but never defended the title and lost hit. He is ranked No. 3 WBA, No. 8 IBF, No. 15 WBO and No. 6 WBC. So successors for Klitschko are Fury, Glazkov, Povetkin, Chagaev and Browne.

Black Hopes are Wilder, and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Joshua, 14-0 (14) of the UK, ranked No. 2 WBC, No. 3 WBO, No. 9 IBF and No. 13 WBA. Cuban Louis “the Real King Kong” Ortiz, 23-0 (20) now out of Miami, FL, is No. 1 ranked in the WBA and No. 9 in the WBO. He is scheduled on December 19th to meet No. 6 WBA contender Bryant “By By” Jennings, 19-1 (10) who was Klitschko’s most recent victim. Charles Martin, 22-0-1 (20, of Carson, CA, is No. 2 WBO and No. 4 IBF. He is scheduled to meet Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale, 16-0 (14), of Alhambra, CA, on December 12th.

Successors for Klitschko are Fury, Glazkov, Povetkin, Chagaev and Browne. Great Black Hopes are Wilder, Joshua, Ortiz, Martin and Stiverne.

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