Undefeated heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings (19-0, 10 KO’s) could be next for the unified champion Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 54 KO’s) as the possible match-up is “in works” for spring next year, per Dan Rafael’s blog on ESPN.com.
Although, Jennings and Klitschko are keen on fighting the winner of Bermane Stiverne and unbeaten American KO artist Deontay Wilder, but that fight could only happen only in May or June next year. Stiverne-Wilder is slated on January 17.
I could have fought this month but my mind is set on fighting for the WBC world title,” Jennings said. “I worked my way to the top of the WBC rankings and now it’s time for me to make my mark in history. Stiverne or Wilder, I don’t care who it is. I’ll be ready to fight either one of them. My promoters, Gary Shaw, Antonio Leonard, and I are all on the same page. We want that WBC title.
On the other hand, Klitschko wanted to collect the missing piece of hardware. He owns the major alphabet belts: WBO, WBA, IBF, WBA plus The Ring and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board world heavyweight title. The missing piece’s Stiverne’s WBC strap.
The 38 year old Klitschko who handed Kubrat Pulev his first loss in a spectacular performance last Saturday in Germany wanted to fight back in the US. So, I think Jennings is the ideal guy, while Stiverne and Wilder are engaged with each other.
So we have this scenario:
- Stiverne vs. Wilder on January 17.
- Klitschko vs. Jennings in March or April
Winners could face each other in August or September.