By Scott Gilfoid:
IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KO’s) reportedly is interested in facing unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder (29-0, 29 KO’s) in the near future once he’s ranked high enough for them to fight. The 27-year-old Deontay is currently ranked #3 WBC, #5 WBO, #6 WBA, #12 IBF. He just needs a 1-2 more good wins and he’ll be ranked high enough for Wladimir to face him.
Wladimir will be defending his titles against his IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev next, and Deontay would be perfect for Wladimir to fight after that bout due to the similar size of the two heavyweights. Pulev is 6’4 1/2″, while Deontay is 6’7″.
Wladimir told Gorodokboxing “There is a huge fighter, by the name of Deontay Wilder…I think that a fight against him would be very interesting. The issue is that he is not rated high enough yet.”
Deontay was one of Wladimir’s sparring partners in helping him get ready for his title defense against Mariusz Wach last year in November. Wladimir was very impressed with Deontay’s talent during the sparring sessions, and he quickly became Wladimir’s No.1 sparring partner during those sessions. Wladimir had all kinds of positive things to say about Deontay from that experience, and it’s not surprising that he’s interested in fighting him.
Deontay has a fight coming up this month against Nicolai Firtha (21-1-1, 8 KO’s) on October 26th at the Boardwalk Hall, in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA. Once this fight is out of the way, Deontay will be matched up against one of the big names in the top 15. Golden Boy Promotions was hoping to find a top name for Deontay this time, but there wasn’t enough time and his position on the card wasn’t high enough to bring in the big money that he would need to lure one of the top contenders. The top guys like Chris Arreola and Stiverne aren’t going to take a fight unless it makes sense in terms of money.
Wladimir has really cleaned out the heavyweight division, and there’s really no one for him to fight but Deontay. The boxing public don’t care to see Wladimir fight David Haye again, and there’s really no one else for him to fight other than Deontay.
All the remaining heavyweights have either been exposed already in terms of losses or just looked mediocre with their wins. The only one that seems to bring any interest in the division is Deontay, but he needs a couple of fights before he’ll be ranked high enough to face Wladimir.