Deontay Wilder

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PAUL WHEELER previews Deontay Wilder v Artur Szpilka and Vyacheslav Glazkov v Charles Martin – one of the winners could meet Tyson Fury later this year – in this week’s issue of Boxing News magazine. The issue is out now on our app and in stores on Thursday (January 7).

WHEN Tyson Fury forced Wladimir Klitschko to relinquish his oppressive stranglehold over the heavyweight category with an upset points victory in Germany in November, the landscape of boxing’s glamour division changed immediately and dramatically. With Klitschko’s tyrannical rule brought to a sudden end, there is now all to play for in a seemingly wide-open weight class. This Saturday (January 16), two world title tussles take place inside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center – the first global heavyweight championship clashes to occur in the New York City borough for over 115 years. The IBF’s two highest-ranked available contenders – Saint Louis-born southpaw Charles Martin, 22-0-1 (20), and Glazkov, 21-0-1 (13) – will contest the crown stripped from Tyson Fury in the chief support in New York. The main event sees Tuscaloosa, Alabama’s Deontay Wilder, 35-0 (34), put his WBC title on the line against Polish portsider Artur Szpilka, 20-1 (15).

TO READ THE OFFICIAL PREVIEW, INCLUDING PREDICTIONS, DOWNLOAD THE LATEST EDITION OF BOXING NEWS MAGAZINE HERE NOW OR BUY IT FROM STORES ON THURSDAY (January 7).