WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs) will be fighting in January, and he could be facing contenders Vyacheslav Glazkov or Tony Thompson, says Showtime vice president of Sports Stephen Espinoza. Wilder wants to fight, and the World Boxing Council aren’t making any noises about wanting to stop him from doing so.
Why would they? Wilder, 6’7”, is making them money with the sanctioning fees he gives them for his fights, and they obviously don’t want to upset a potential huge star in the sport. The last thing the WBC wants to do is to alienate someone like Wilder and then end up with him holding another belt like the IBF and WBA, and fighting for them 4 to 5 times a year instead of the WBC.
“From conversations with his team, my understanding is that Deontay would like to continue to stay as active as he has,” Espinoza said to RingTV.com. “So we’re looking to have him back in January, very likely on Showtime in a step-up fight. It could be anywhere from Povetkin to (No. 7 Vyacheslav) Glazkov to Jennings to (No. 9) Tony Thompson. He wants to continue the momentum that he’s built from being active as he moves toward what he has said is his goal, which is eventually (Wladimir) Klitschko next year.”
Wilder just finished beating the stuffing out of Johann Duhaupas by an 11th round knockout last month on September 26th in his second voluntary defense of his WBC title, and now he wants to get in a third voluntary defense in January. This is supposed to be a no-no for Wilder, or any champion, to take three consecutive voluntary defenses, but it looks like the WBC is going to make an exception for the talented Wilder. It’s a smart move because Wilder brings in big ratings.
Wilder wants to get in another tune-up to get him ready for his dangerous fight against his #1 WBC mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in early 2016.