The former WBA, IBF and WBO world heavyweight champion Wladimir “Dr. Steelhammer” Klitschko, 64-4 (53), is returning after 17 months losing those titles to Tyson Fury to the ring Saturday before a packed Wembley Stadium in London. He and 2012 Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony “AJ” Joshua, 18-0 (18), who holds the IBF title will also be fighting for the vacant WBA title.
Klitschko has 24 title defenses only second in the heavyweight division to Joe Louis who had 25 defenses. Klitschko fought the fight against Fury like he had his “hands tied” and even Fury questioned his performance afterwards. Since the Fury has had mental problems and is contemplating returning to the ring shortly.
It was the first loss for Klitschko since 2004. He seemed to be upset at the press conference when Fury showed up in a Batman costume leaping over a table. Plus his wife delivered their first child and may have post partem.
WBC champion Deontay “the Bronze Bomber” Wilder would like to fight WBO champion Joe Parker with the two winners meeting. Wilder has yet to meet anyone in his top four as of yet. Let’s hope unification of the division can be obtained by the end of 2017. Joshua last defended his title in December.