WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder has promised to move down in weight to cruiserweight once he grabs all the belts at 200 pounds plus.
Wilder, who regularly scales at around the 220 pound mark for his heavyweight bouts, could easily boil down to the 200 pounds limit at any point as his body is already filled out.
As things currently stand, Wilder is hoping to meet Anthony Joshua in an undisputed top division clash, and if he’s victorious in adding the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO straps to his collection, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ will then head south in pursuit of further titles.
“What’s up boxing world. You know I’ve just been sitting in my car thinking. I’ve been thinking about, once I unify the heavyweight division, moving down to the cruiserweight and taking over that division,” Wilder said via his Instagram account.
“There’s never been a heavyweight ever go down in weight. I mean just for the fun of it, just take over the cruiserweight division while maintaining the heavyweight division,” he added.
Nobody in the history of the sport has been able to maintain status as unified champion at one weight whilst attempting to do similar at another.
The main reason for this is the mandatory situations as the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO will all expect their stipulations to be met – which would ultimately render Wilder’s plan impossible.
Talk of Joshua v Wilder taking place in September has surfaced over the last few days, although Alexander Povetkin is also in the frame for a mandatory shot as per the WBA and WBO.
Should Wilder not agree to accept promoter Eddie Hearn’s offer this week, Joshua will battle Povetkin – potentially at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in the fall.
The fight everybody wants to see hinges on Wilder’s willingness to take a lesser deal than Joshua, following on from Hearn’s initial $12.5m dollar contract earlier in 2018.