17.03.07 - By Jim Amato: It may be soon that the boring heavyweight division will produce some fights that may actually be of interest to the fans. The boxing public is growing tired of contests like Maskaev-Othello, Klitschko-Austin and Ibragimov-Mora that were thrust upon the public as battles to supposedly determine who the best heavyweights in the world are today. Please...Coming up in the near future should be the following battles:
Nickolay Valuev-Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA heavyweight title.
Shannon Briggs-Sultan Ibragimov for the WBO heavyweight title.
Hopefully Wladimir Klitschko-Lamon Brewster II for the IBF heavyweight title.
Oleg Maskaev against either the deserving Sam Peter or former champion Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight title.
Well that is a start. Hopefully within the next six months we will have four men who claim a piece of the heavyweight crown and are willing to meet one another to determine who is the " undisputed " heavyweight champion of the world.
Another bout of interest that is being talked about is a match between former WBO titleholder Sergei Liakhovich and the fading but still capable James Toney. If it does come off the winner will be in a good position to challenge for one of the titles.
Where does this leave Evander Holyfield and another former champion on the outside looking in named Hassim Rahman ? Time will tell but by the end of 2007 the picture in the heavyweight division should become much clearer.