The heavyweight boxing weight class has lengthy had the tag ‘The Glamour Division’ however hasn’t had one sole champion ruling since Lennox Lewis retired.
Even then, Lewis needed to clarify himself because the champion as a result of emergence of the World Boxing Group.
When Lewis gained the crown, the IBO received checked out larger than the WBO. However because the WBO overtook the IBO, confusion reigned over the Briton.
Earlier than Lewis, there was Evander Holyfield and briefly James “Buster” Douglas. Earlier than that, “Iron” Mike Tyson rule the world.
Tyson tore up the division in the course of the Nineteen Eighties and have become the primary of the three-belt period in 1987.
As soon as once more, we have now 4 belts, making the feat way more troublesome to attain. Because the Klitschko brothers strangled the highest division in the course of the 2000s and would by no means struggle one another, the load class received stifled from ever having the ability to turn out to be absolutely unified.
Alongside got here Tyson Fury. “The Gypsy King” blew the division aside three years after Vitali retired, leaving Wladimir only one step away from attaining the purpose.
A talked-about struggle between Wladimir and Deontay Wilder in 2016 would have topped one sole champion. Nevertheless, Fury left the likelihood useless earlier than fragmenting the titles.
Rival Anthony Joshua mopped up his leftovers and finally pulled Fury’s belts again collectively by 2018. Sadly, when Wilder got here knocking on the Londoner’s door, AJ didn’t wish to settle for the struggle.
It’s now all the way down to Oleksandr Usyk and whoever holds the WBC strap to get it on and convey heavyweight class into the brand new period with one ruler.
And the way will we get to that time?
Usyk has to defeat Joshua once more once they meet in the summertime. The Ukrainian is a scorching favourite to do exactly that. Then, we’d like Fury to determine his quick future in order that the World Boxing Council doesn’t get held to ransom for lengthy.
As soon as Usyk clears Joshua and the WBC title is again within the fingers of an lively fighter, followers may have the chance to witness one lineal titleholder with all of the marbles.
A sideshow struggle that includes Trevor Bryan and Daniel Dubois for the lesser WBA secondary belt is the one roadblock. We may then have a possible collision between Usyk and the brand new WBC champion in 2023.
Usyk may get ordered to struggle the winner of Bryan vs. Dubois. Concurrently, the WBC additionally set the wheels transferring on a possible event for his or her vacant strap.
As soon as these three issues get dealt with, boxing may see the struggle Wilder, Joshua, and Fury didn’t safe. In an ironic twist, Wilder may but be concerned.
If he wins the vacant WBC title because the primary contender, his first port of name earlier than anything would definitely be Usyk. We might nicely see a struggle between two of the slightest heavyweight champions for a while transpire for the game’s biggest prize.
The views expressed on this article are the opinions of Phil Jay.
WBN Editor Phil has over ten years of boxing information expertise. Comply with WBN us on Twitter @WorldBoxingNews.