Respected promoter Frank Warren has given his view on the current state of boxing’s top division in the latest edition of his scrapbook.
Warren has questioned Deontay Wilder’s position at the top of the heavyweight ladder, whilst noting the sheer amount of title belts that are currently on offer.
Here are some of the issues addressed by Warren along with a selection of comments:
Frank Warren on the number of titles
We’re talking world heavyweight champions here, and the multiplicity of titles across the various governing bodies, WBC, WBO, IBF and WBA, up for grabs with the 2016 fistic calendar barely flicked open suggests not so much a helping of alphabet soup but beef stew – with a couple of dumplings thrown in.
FW on Ortiz v Ustinov
This will be a final eliminator to meet the winner of the return between Fury and Wladimir Klitschko, also provisionally scheduled for the spring.
Ortiz and Ustinov seems a really decent scrap. Ustinov’s opportunity comes after the WBA matched Ortiz and Matias Vidondo for the vacant title on October 17 in New York, which the big-hitting Ortiz won by third round stoppage.
FW on Deontay Wilder
Actually, though he was knocking everybody over, not least dear old Audley Harrison, Wilder did not do a lot for me in his pre-title career. But but when he won it from Bermane Stiverne he answered a lot of questions, showing he had skill, stamina and could take a shot.
But in his two subsequent defences he has looked ordinary against ordinary opposition.
FW on Haye v Joshua
Almost every heavyweight of note does, because of the money involved, especially David (‘I’ll be a rave on Dave, the home of witty banter’) Haye.
Whatever he may say about his renewed world title aspirations it’s the Josh dosh he’s after. Rumour is he could do with it.