Eye On The Heavyweights – Deontay Wilder and More
Dec 02 2015 9:02 PM
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WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder is on the schedule to main event the Barclay's Center on January 16th, 2016 against a yet to be named opponent.

Since Tyson Fury shook up the heavyweight rankings by dethroning Wladimir Klitschko and taking the rest of the remaining relevant belts, talk of Fury vs Wilder has heated up.

But realistically, that fight is a long way away from happening.

The mandatory challenger for Wilder as named by the WBC remains Russia's Alexander Povetkin, however the November 30th date the WBC set to make the match has come and gone.

Povetkin has let the fight wait in the past, and he just fought this past November 4th in against Mariusz Wach so the timing for Povetkin and Wilder is not right for January 16th either.

Another name being bandied about is Ukraine's Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov who is undefeated at (21-0-1).

Glazkov is (2-0) in 2015, and he last fought in August when he stopped journeyman Kerston Maxwell in the 4th round of their bout in Russia.

Glazkov's camp is said to be actively talking with Wilder's people to make the fight happen.

Also on the Barclay's Center card is Bermane Stiverne, who is returning to the ring on short notice after he looked flat November 15th in his first fight in 10 months.

Stiverne is the former WBC champion who lost his title to Wilder, but his name has not come up as a potential opponent for Wilder and he will have to perform to earn a re-match.

In other Heavyweight news, Kubrat Pulev faces veteran trial horse Maurice Harris on Saturday, December 5th in Germany as he works his way back into a schedule after a long layoff since his KO loss to Wladimir Klitschko.

The card also counts on Swedish prospect Adrian Granat and British veteran Derrick Chisora.

Down under in New Zealand, undefeated prospect Joseph Parker (16-0) is coming off the biggest win of his career this past October when he defeated Australian rival Kali Meehan.

Parker is on the schedule for December 5th facing Daniel Martz (14-2-1) in Hamilton, New Zealand and he is already on the schedule to face veteran Jason Bergman (25-11-2) on January 23rd.

December 12th sees England's Anthony Joshua (14-0) take on former amateur rival Dillian Whyte in a match promoter Eddie Hearn has promoted heavily.

Joshua has worked his way to a 10 ranking already with the Transnational Boxing rankings Board, and 2016 will certainly see Joshua become a player in the Heavyweight division if he can get by Whyte.

As for Whyte, who defeated Joshua as an amateur, he is (16-0) and he wants what Joshua has right now.

The heavyweight scene received some bad news this past week as undefeated Erkan Tepper (15-0) had to pull out of his December 19th match with Robert Helenius scheduled for Helsinki, Finland.

Tepper is reported to have an arm injury that will require going under the knife, and there is no word on when he may return.

Stepping in to face Helenius on his home turf is undefeated Franz Rill, who is (11-0) and is a training partner of Tepper's.

Helenius too is undefeated at (21-0) and he was a Top 10 ranked heavyweight a few years back before a two year hiatus.

For Rill, this is his first bout scheduled beyond 8 rounds.

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