What next for Britain’s two latest world champions ?
The previous weekend we had two new additions to the list of world champions from the UK. Firstly with Ricky Burns on Saturday and finally with Tony Bellew on Sunday in a UK double header of world championship boxing.
On Saturday we had Ricky Burns capture the vacant WBA light- welterweight title against Italian Michele Di Rocco with an 8 round stoppage. The performance was outstanding from Ricky and shown he has the capability to achieve at the new weight. Names have already been for Ricky’s first defence such as Brit Ashley Theophane and Adrien Broner for a possible date in October according to promoter Edward Hearn.
Secondly we come to Tony Bellew who in emphatic fashion claimed the vacant WBC cruiserweight title with a KO victory of Ilunga Makabu. The cruiserweight division is on fire at this moment in time with plenty of tasty match ups for Tony.
Firstly there is Unification fights with Denis Lebedev who holds the IBF & WBA belts. Krzysztof Glowacki who holds the WBO belt but seems to have no option but to face his mandatory Oleksandr Usyk who is extremely talented. I do think Glowacki could be persuaded into a fight with Bellew and it seems logical for both parties. Then we have Mairis Breidis who is the WBC mandatory challenger who will be looking for his own shot at the belt at some point in the future. Lastly I would not be surprised if Marco Huck gets a shot at Bellew as a Voluntary Defence as Huck is a very credible name wanting to prove himself all over again after defeat to Glowacki in 2015 which saw him hand over the WBO strap.
All in all it proves to be a successful and exciting time for these two great fighters who are credits to British boxing