Wednesday, 25 May 2016
WBC give Wilder the green light to make a voluntary.
The WBC issued a statement today, offering Wilder the grace of another voluntary defence in the light of his recent dissapointment. So who could Wilder possibly choose?
First shots fired were from Bermaine Stiverne, the former WBC champion who lost his belt to Wilder in 2015 in a fight where he claimed to have been chronically dehydrated, Stiverne commented on social media "what comes after #1 Deontay.?? Me, I'm #2 ranked" followed by #WilderStiverne2. Bermaine did happen to extend Deontay in his losing effort in what still remains Wilders only 12 round trip in 36 outings.. Luis Ortiz look to be the opponent of Public demand, the WBA interim holder looks like too much of a risk at this point and could be well worth saving for a bigger payday down the line.. Andy Ruiz is a distinct possibility, unbeaten with a deceptive less than athletic appearance, he could bring to the table exactly what they require.. Interesting that both former Wilder opponents Eric Molina and Johan Duhauppas both recently recharged their careers with impressive bounce back upset wins over ranked opposition.. Molina travelled overseas to pull off a late come from behind knockout of Tomasz Adameck while Duhauppas scored a dramatic knockout of hugely respected Robert Helenius, both rematch possibilities considering the situation.. Regardless, Wilders people will no doubt reveal all in a day or two, but from previous form I'm not expecting miracles.. I think Deontay is capable of beating anyone on his day, but without demanding fights and challenging opposition it's hard to imagine Wilder improving as a champion.. It's just a great shame that Alexander Povetkin deprived Wilder and us of a meaningful heavyweight duel.