The Boxing Channel looks at several of the important news items going on in the Heavyweight division.
Wladimir Klitschko made it official this week, as he has exercised his re-match clause that gives him a chance to win his WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO World Titles back from Tyson Fury.
It is good that Klitschko has decided to ask for the re-match immediately and not wait, as the bout is already in the planning stages for the second quarter of 2016.
The main issue to be decided is location, as Klitschko probably calls the shots on this due to his contract.
The main interest for Fury and Klitschko will be to maximize their income, so you have to think that Wembley Stadium is in play as a potential location.
As for WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder, he is still awaiting for an opponent for his January 16th date, as the Ukraine's Vyascheslav Glazkov passed up on the fight.
Next up on the WBC's list is southpaw Charles Martin (22-01), but Martin is scheduled to fight December 12th against Olympian Dominic Breazeale on a Premiere Boxing Champions card scheduled to air on NBC.
For this coming Saturday, Hughie Fury, (17-0) and the cousin of newly minted Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury is still without a named opponent and will likely be a late scratch for the second weekend in a row.
Fury was not looking to face a “world-beater” according to uncle Peter Fury, but he was looking to add ring-time before heading into a 2016 where his team will be looking for him to fight 5-6 times, which seems to suit the 22 year old Hughie just fine.
Undefeated Heavyweight prospect Andy Ruiz Jr (26-0) has finally had his opponent confirmed for this Saturday's Top Rank card scheduled to air on UniMas.
Ruiz Jr. will be facing 43 year old veteran Michael Grant, who is (48-6) but has not fought in more than a year.
Grant has gone (-02) in his last three fights, but they were against ranked fighters carlos Takam and manuel Charr.
In WBA News, their World Heavyweight title bout between champion Ruslan Chagaev and WBA mandatory challenger Lucas Browne is said to be in the final stage of negotiations.
Both sides are looking to avoid a purse bid and they have notified the WBA that they are close to an agreement and requested an extension so that it can be finalized.
The titleholder Chagaev was scheduled for a re-match with Fres Oquendo Oct 17, then that was postponed until Nov 11 before being cancelled outright due to Oquendo's injury.
All the while, the mandatory challenger was Australia's Browne, who is undefeated at (23-0).
Browne has been chomping at the bit to prove himself on the world level, and he has spent most of 2015 idle, going (1-0) in a lackluster tune-up bout.
If this fight is negotiated for “down under” it will be the first World Heavyweight Title bout in Australia since the historic Jack Johnson vs Tommy Burns match back on December 26th, 1908.