By Bradley Dee: Yesterday I received a clarification letter from the president of the WBC stating that Bermane Stiverne must face his mandatory challenger unless Deontay Wilder agrees to step aside money.
Today, the WBC Website has the following statement on their news page:
The desire of Wladimir Klitschko to become the absolute heavyweight champion of the world will have to hang fire… for the moment.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán, said that Wladimir will have to wait for the title shot against current champion Bermane Stiverne, because he first has to face his mandatory rival.
“The agreements must be respected. We made that decision at the last Convention and Deontay Wilder is the mandatory challenger. So Bermane Stiverne has to face him first.”
Bermane became WBC heavyweight champion last Saturday with a sixth round KO over Chris Arreola.
Checking today on Boxrec, it looks like they’ve placed the Wladimir Klitschko vs. Kubrat Pulev fight back on their schedule again for Sept 6th, 2014 in Germany at the O2 Arena in Hamburg.
This fight will be an easy one for Klitschko. Look for him to dispose of Pulev within 6 rounds.
After Klitschko demolishes Pulev, he can turn his attention to the winner of Stiverne-Wilder and unify all the belts, because there is no way he’s paying Wilder 10 million bucks to step aside. Maybe they can reach an agreement but even more than 1 million would be silly, so I think we’ll see Stievern-Wilder and Klitschko-Pulev with the winners unifying the whole thing.
Whatever happens, unification is the only answer here. There’s no other true way to determine the real heavyweight champion of the world. Forget about Ring Magazine, we need one person holding all the belts now.
We all know who will be that man. When the dust clears, we’ll finally have a unified (although quite boring) heavyweight champion of the world.