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Deontay Wilder eyes Klitschko-Fury winner, title unification

Deontay Wilder says there needs to be a unified heavyweight champion, and he see himself taking on the Klitschko-Fury winner in the near future.

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Wil Esco is an assistant editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2014.

Even WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder doesn't see the need for all these belts in each division. It's confusing. So the best way he sees to simplify things is to unify all the titles so there's only one heavyweight world champion.

"All these belts are starting to get ridiculous. There are so many belts and people get so confused about who's this champion? What's that champion? What this belt is? - And it's confusing," Wilder told WBN.

"...I think it would be a great thing to just have one heavyweight champion of the world, once and for all. Not all WBC, IBF and all that champion of the world, especially for the heavyweight division - which is the cream of the crop."

Despite Wilder acknowledging Klitschko as a world champion with several titles, he believes that he has the most coveted strap of them all, the WBC world title.

"I have the most legit belt in all of boxing. The most precious, most well-known belt. You know a lot of people want to say that Wladimir is the champion. Yeah, he's a champion, of course because he has the rest of the belts, but I'm the WBC heavyweight champ and every fighter who wants to be champion wants the WBC belt. Even Wladimir - he wants the WBC title.

"The only thing different between me and him is that he has many belts, but I have the most important belt and it think it would make the division that much better to have one unified champion."

Wilder already has a fight scheduled on Jan. 16, against an opponent not yet name, and after that he's supposed to take on mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin. But it seems all sanctioning bodies would prioritize a title unification bout over a mandatory title defense. If that proves itself out, we could soon see the first unified heavyweight world champion since Lennox Lewis over 10 years ago.

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