Things are heating up in the heavyweight division.
American heavyweight Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO) is looking to get a title shot by the end of the year.
“[The Arreola-Stiverne winner] will have to fight [Wilder] whether they like it or not, they have to,” Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told the Tuscaloosa News earlier this week.
“We have worked towards this [title shot] and now we are getting there.”
Although the date and location are not yet confirmed, sometime this spring Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola will duel for the WBC Heavyweight title which was recently vacated by Vitali Klitschko.
Will the winner be just another Wilder knockout victim?
In August, the 6'7" American heavyweight made very quick work of former WBO Heavyweight Champion Siarhei Liakhovich (now 25-6, 16 KOs), stopping him at the 1:43 mark of the first round.
More than just an explosive, tall fighter, Wilder was composed and showcased good boxing skills and defensive prowess in October when he continued his knockout streak by overwhelming game journeymen Nicolai Firtha in the fourth.
Wilder vs Scott
Deontay faces Malik Scott (36-1-1, 13 KO) on March 15 in a Showtime triplheader headlined by Danny Garcia vs Mauricio Herrera. The rangy, 6'4" Scott hails from the fighting city of Philadelphia and will arguably be Wilder's toughest test to date.
“The winner of this fight here will be the next mandatory for the winner of Arreola-Stiverne."
"The WBC rules stipulate that when two fighters fight for a vacant title, they will have to do an immediate mandatory and the winner of Deontay Wilder and Malik Scott will be that mandatory," added Schaefer.
Is Deontay Wilder the real deal and will he be ready to compete for the big cookies come October or November?