There’s nothing quite like an elite level, heavyweight championship fight. Even with the normal peaks and valleys all divisions suffer through, our sport’s marquee weight class is, was and always will be heavyweight. On consecutive Saturdays, October 28th and November 4th, three of the top four or five big men on the planet go to battle. Taking necessary steps towards the ultimate goal; consolidating every belt imaginable, the way Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, the Klitschko Brothers (Wladimir and Vitali), Evander Holyfield and other legends did before them.
England’s Anthony Joshua (19-0, 19 KO’s), last seen stopping Wlad Klitschko in 2017’s frontrunner for “Fight of the Year”, returns to the ring against Kubrat Pulev (25-1, 13 KO’s). Pulev is an IBF mandatory challenger to the heavyweight title belt Joshua holds in conjunction with the WBA strap. Joshua, who’s a stone’s throw from becoming Boxing’s next certified superstar, packed 90,000 fans into Wembley Stadium, for his date with Klitschko. There’s little doubt his bout with Pulev will sell out Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, capacity 74, 500.
The following weekend, “The Bronze Bomber” Deontay Wilder (38-0, 37 KO’s) defends his WBC heavyweight championship against dangerous Cuban southpaw, Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (27-0, 23 KO’s). Ortiz is a skillful, hard hitting counterpuncher who will test Wilder as we’ve never seen, but he’ll have to avoid the concussive blows of his taller foe, who erases deficits and opponents with single shots. This will be the sternest test of each man’s career and the winner is aiming at a high dollar unification contest with Joshua.
As Summer winds down, ushering in Fall, the big boys are staking a claim to the final Saturday of October – first Saturday of November as “Heavyweight Season”!