DEONTAY WILDER successfully defended his WBC world heavyweight title against Chris Arreola at the weekend, overcoming a broken hand and a torn bicep to force the challenger to retire after eight rounds.
Though always game, Arreola wasn’t viewed as a credible threat to Wilder’s reign and now attention turns to where the unbeaten American will go next.
First, he needs his injuries to fully heal, which could sideline him for a while. There are some exciting options for hime once he’s back to full fitness though.
According to the WBC rules, that can come against anyone in their top 10, and anyone ranked 11-15 as long as Wilder is given special permission. As such, all fighters we’ve listed are included in the WBC top 15, as of their July ratings.
Tyson Fury is not listed as he is scheduled to be fighting Wladimir Klitschko some time towards the end of the year.
5. Bermane Stiverne
Wilder outpointed Stiverne in January 2015 – the only time he has ever gone the distance – to win the WBC title, and a rematch could be fairly well received. Stiverne, for some reason, was dehydrated on the night and looked poor, though on his day is a handful.
Currently ranked No 2 by the WBC, Bermane has only fought once since losing to Wilder – a drab 10 round decision over Derick Rossy.