The WBC heavyweight title is a hot topic of late, as there is no holder of the belt, but there may soon be two mandatory challengers lined up for the man who wins the vacant title on May 10. On that night, televised by ESPN, Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola will meet in a rematch to determine the new champion, after the title was vacated by Vitali Klitschko when he was "elevated" to "champion emeritus" status.
The winner of Stiverne-Arreola II will have to face Deontay Wilder first, as Wilder is the mandatory challenger following his win over Malik Scott on March 15. Now, the WBC has ordered another eliminator between American Bryant Jennings and Cuban Mike Perez.
The winner of Jennings-Perez, if the fight happens, would face the winner of Stiverne/Arreola-Wilder, which is expected to happen by the end of the year.
Jennings (18-0, 10 KO) stopped Artur Szpilka on January 25 in his first HBO-televised fight, and his first with promoter Gary Shaw. Jennings was previously promoted by Russell Peltz, and made his name on the NBC Sports Fight Night series. Perez (20-0-1, 12 KO) has won two straight on HBO, beating Magomed Abdusalamov and Carlos Takam.
The good news out of all this is that the WBC is putting together some interesting stuff, and there's a run of potentially very good heavyweight fights in this scenario.
If it all goes down, who do you think comes out as the WBC champ?