The Heavyweight division is a chaotic scene as we close out 2015, and it is a beautiful thing!
WBC World Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, who has been scheduled to headline the Barclay's Center for Showtime on January 16th, 2016 finally has an opponent, as an agreement has been reached with Poland's Artur Szpilka (20-1).
Szpilka has a (20-1) overall record and he has won four fights in a row since his January of 2014 loss to Bryant Jennings.
His signature win came after the Jennings loss when he won a 10 round decision over fellow countryman Tomasz Adamek that saw his stock soar.
He has gone (3-0) in 2015 against average competition, and is taking this match on relatively short notice.
Wilder had been in negotiations with Vyashchelav Glazkov, and Charles Martin was mentioned as a potential opponent at one point, but Deontay Wilder will defend his WBC World Heavyweight title against Szpilka as the two headline the Barlcay's Center on January 16th.
Also in Heavyweight news, the International Boxing Federation has officially stripped Tyson Fury of their Heavyweight belt.
The IBF was attempting to force Fury to defend his belt against Vyacheslav Glazkov on a fast track, but Fury is obligated to fight a re-match with Wladimir Klitschko first.
That the IBF would advance Glazkov at the expense of Klitschko, who held the IBF belt for more than 9 years, further damages their credibility as a sanctioning body.
The IBF is moving forward with Glazkov against Charles Martin (22-0-1) to fill the vacated title, and it remains to be seen if Martin fights Dominic Breazeale on December 12th for the Premier Boxing Champions as scheduled.
Martin and Glazkov are facing an IBF purse bid dated for December 18th.
Meanwhile, Heavyweight king-pin Tyson Fury has been all over the news, and most of the press has been negative.
Fury's recent comments on women and their roles have caused his removal from England's “Sportsman of the Year” award and English TB personality Clive Myrie called Fury a “di**head”.
Fury has remained unapologetic , and it still remains to be seen whether he will publically throw the IBF title in the trash as he promised to do.
All the while, a date for the re-match with Wladimir Klitschko is still being worked on, with no announcements on that front immediately forthcoming.