Eye on the Heavyweights – The Titles Have Splintered
Dec 21 2015 4:11 PM
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This past weekend, interim WBA Heavyweight titleholder Luis Ortiz moved his record to (24-0) with a decisive seventh round stoppage over a game Bryant Jennings.

Ortiz is already being hyped by Golden Boy Promotions as the next big thing, and GBP is going to ignore that the WBA has two other versions of a world title that they have issued.

With Tyson Fury holding the “super” World Title and Ruslan Chagaev and Lucas Browne scheduled to fight for the “regular” world title in March of 2016, Ortiz' is going to have to fight someone else, as the other belt holders are all busy until at least the second half of 2016.

Also this Saturday in Europe, former Top 10 contender Robert Helenius kept his record perfect by going (22-0) with a win over Franz Rill, who was (11-0) heading into the contest.

January 16th of next year will see the Heavyweight division take over the Barclay's Center as WBC World titleholder Deontay Wilder (35-0) faces Artur Szpilka (20-1) with his title on the line.

The card will also feature Charles Martin (22-0-1) versus Vyacheslav Glazkov (21-0-1) for the vacant IBF World Heavyweight title.

This is the belt that the IBF inexplicably stripped from Tyson Fury, which also had the effect of seeing a Glazkov vs Wilder bout fall by the wayside.

Charles Martin also cancelled a match against undefeated Dominic Breazeale (16-0) scheduled for December 5th and Breazeale appears on this card as well, facing Amir Mansour (22-1).

Also on the 16th of January, at the 02 Arena in London, Heavyweight David Haye (26-2) returns to face Mark de Mori (30-1-2).

Haye and Australian de Mori have been trading insults

Still no word on an exact date for the Tyson Fury versus Wladimir Klitschko re-match, though at this point, though the second quarter of 2016 remains the most likely date.

Doping is making the news in Europe as Mariusz Wach has failed another test for PEDs, this one post-fight after his match with Alexander Povetkin in Russia back in early November.

This will be the second time testing positive for Wach, the Polish fighter who sports a (31-2) record overall.

There is also news of a PED scandal emerging from Germany involving undefeated (15-0) Erkan Tepper.

As for Povetkin, the calendar did not line-up correctly for him, as he could have been Wilder's opponent for January 16th.

He may be waiting to see the results of Wilder-Szpilka on January 16th.

The world will continue to see Tyson Fury as the most legitimate of the champions, and that is the way it should be, but in the course of the next few months, there will be no less than five “world title” fights when the sanctioning bodies get done issuing belts, and maybe, that is what shouldn't be.

Photos: Ed Mulholland

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