Will There Ever Be A Unified World Heavyweight Champion Once more? ⋆ Boxing Information 24

By Ken Hissner: It appears rematch clauses have stored the world heavyweight division from having a unified champion. When will it cease?

The latest WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO World Heavyweight titles modified fingers over the weekend when champion Anthony “AJ” Joshua, 24-2 (22), of the UK misplaced to southpaw Oleksandr Usyk, 19-0 (13), of the UKR, earlier than 70,000 in attendance on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, in Tottenham, London, UK. Scores had been 117-111, 116-112, and 115-113.

The previous Cruiserweight World Champion Usyk final defended his WBA, WBO, IBF, and WBC titles again in 2018. As a heavyweight in 2019, he traveled to the US, stopping Chazz Witherspoon, 38-3, in 7 rounds. Then in 2020, additionally within the heavyweight division, he defeated Dereck “Conflict” Chisora, 32-9, by determination in London.

Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing introduced after the occasion Saturday that there’ll almost definitely be a rematch in February of 2022 between Usyk and Joshua.

Per Fightnews, the WBA has Trevor Bryan, 21-0 (15), who received an interim title in 2018 after which in January of 2021 received the vacant WBA title stopping former WBC champion Bermane Stivern in 11 rounds however hasn’t fought since. Stivern, who had beforehand to this match been stopped by Wilder in 1 and Joyce in 6, ought to have by no means been thought of in that vacant match.

The No. 1 ranked WBA contender is Daniel “Dynamite” Dubois, 17-1 (16), who, after shedding to Joe Joyce, 13-0 (12), in 2020, shedding his 5 minor titles, rebounded in 2021 with a pair of stoppages.

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Joyce holds the WBC Silver, WBO Worldwide, and Commonwealth titles, stopping he defended in July 2021. In a 2012-2013 season tourney within the amateurs,

Usyk defeated Joyce 3-0. As an newbie, he encountered quite a few opponents who went on to be professionals, comparable to Russian center contender Matvey Korobov whom he misplaced to twice, one being a walkover, misplaced to IBF, and WBC welter champ Shawn “Showtime” Porter, who defeated WBC Tremendous Center and WBA Gentle Heavy champ Badou Jack and cut up in two matches with present WBC and IBF Gentle Heavy champ Russian Artur Beterviev profitable the rematch and the 2012 Olympic Gold Medal. He was 6-0 within the World Sequence Boxing sequence.

The IBF and WBO’s No. 1 rankings are vacant. The IBF has former IBF champion “Prince” Charles Martin, 28-2-1 (25), the No. 2 ranked, however he hasn’t fought since February 2020. The WBO has Joe Joyce, as beforehand talked about, as their No. 2 ranked.

The WBC World champion who most together with this author contemplate the heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury, 30-0-1 (21), of the UK, is scheduled in a 3rd match with former WBC champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder, 42-1-1 (41), of the US on October ninth in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Their first match in December 2018 resulted in a disputed draw, with Fury getting the quick finish of the choice. Fury would rating a pair of wins earlier than the rematch of their second encounter, the place Fury in February of 2020 stopped Wilder in 7 rounds. Neither has fought since, however Wilder demanded a rematch per their return clause.

If Fury wins, there is not going to be a fourth struggle with Wilder until there’s a draw or no-decision. If Wilder wins, will there be a fourth match? Former WBC champion Andy “Destroyer” Ruiz, 34-2 (22), of the US, is the No. 2 ranked WBC contender who, after stopping Joshua in 7 rounds in June 2019, misplaced in a rematch by determination in December of 2019. In Might of 2021, in his lone struggle because the 2019 rematch, he scored a win over Chris Arreola, 38-6-1. Was it why he by no means had a 3rd struggle with Joshua could have been he had no rematch clause?

So to summarize, we have now Fury and Wilder III on October ninth. There’s a proposed February 2022 rematch for Usyk and Joshua. If Fury and Usyk win, then hopefully, there shall be a last unification match in late 2022, pairing the each of them. However don’t maintain your breath!

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