The heavyweight division has pretty much only had two great era’s.  There were the 70’s, which was the Muhammad Ali era, and there were the 90’s, which was the Tyson era.  We are on the cusp of something special yet again.  It comes around only every so often, but it is about to arrive again.  We are embarking on another age of the super athletic heavyweight.  We are seeing more and more heavyweight fighters that seem to be chiseled out of stone, seemingly almost inhuman.  Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KO’s) and Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KO’s) are at the top of that list.  For crying out loud, Wilder almost looks as if Lebron James retired from basketball and got in the ring.  There are others such as the return of David Haye, who is also super athletic, but still needs to prove himself, and Joseph Parker comes to ming as well.

So what if all the titles were unified again?  It seems to me that an undisputed champion in the heavyweight division means more then it does in any other weight class.  In every other division, we pretty much know who the best fighter is, even if he doesn’t hold all the titles.  A perfect example would be the middleweights.  Gennady Golovkin is unquestionably the best middleweight in the world, even tho Canelo Alvarez is the Lineal Champion.  Same goes for the Light Heavyweights.  We all know that Sergey Kovalev is the best Light Heavyweight in the world with Andre Ward looming right behind him.  But are either of them the Lineal Champion of their division?  The answer is no.  Unfortunately, Adonis Stevenson still holds that title.

Heavyweights are a different beast tho.  Even tho Wilder and Joshua are the superior boxers in the division, as opposed to Klitschko or Fury, theres no real way to rank them because of the simple fact that one punch can change everything in the Heavyweight division, more so then any other.  For example, if Chris Arreola knocked out Deontay Wilder, does that make him a better fighter?  The Answer to that is a strong no!  That probably won’t ever happen, but it is just an example of the fact that the Heavyweights are harder to rank then any others.  In my mind, there is only one way to find out who is the best of them all, and that would be to crown an undisputed champion.

Its been a while since we had an undisputed champion.  So what if they were to all fight?  We already know that Tyson Fury will fight Wladimir Klitschko, even tho their rematch has now been postponed for a second time.  Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder (whom in my eyes are the two best), have expressed deep interest in fighting each other before the year is over.  What needs to happen is they need to agree on a fight and duke it out.  The winner would then take on the winner of Klitschko VS Fury 2, and fight each other  early next year.  This way the WBA/WBO/WBC/IBF/TheRing Heavyweight titles could all be unified, and we would finally know for sure who the best Heavyweight in the world really is.

 

-David Jukic, INSIDE RINGSIDE

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