So Vitaliy Klitschkio has gone and thanks to the momentous events in his native Ukraine in the past few weeks, he is never likely to return as he throws his hat into the elite political spectrum there. However, that still leaves brother Wladimir, who holds three of the recognised four major belts in world boxing. Wlad appears to have the desire remaining to stay in the sport for another couple of years yet, and will almost certainly try to unify all four belts and thus add to his standing in the history of the sport in years to come.
With a mini-vacuum appearing at the top of the division though, it is no coincidence that we are suddenly seeing a spate of action featuring many of the contenders as they jostle for mandatory positions to challenge either Wladimir or whoever takes the vacant WBC title in the coming months. During the next month we have four fights to look forward to which all involve top-20 heavyweight contenders. I mean genuine contenders too, not the made-up ones we see in the alphabet rankings. All four fights could conceivably go either way and after the dust has settled we will have a clearer picture of the layout of the division. I will go through these fights chronologically.
This coming Saturday sees two dust-ups, the first involving the unknown quantity of the division, Deontay Wilder, 30-0 (30), making his first step up in class when he meets Malik Scott, 36-1-1 (13), in Puerto Rico, on the undercard to Danny Garcia’s defence of his world light-welterweight titles. This fascinating contest, promoted by Golden Boy, who look after Wilder, will be televised live on Showtime in the U.S. and on BoxNation in the U.K.