Mo' belts, mo' problems.
The proposed rematch between Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko has a fresh spanner in the works in the form of IBF mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov. The latter's promoter, Main Events, has foregone negotiation and instead pushed for a purse bid, which will take place on December 11th.
Glazkov promoter @Main_Events informed IBF it will not negotiate the Fury mandatory and has requested an immediate purse bid. Will be 12/11.— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) December 1, 2015
Fury is, of course, free to decide that he's happy with all the other belts he has and tell the IBF to sod off.
Czar Glazkov's (21-0-1, 13 KO) best wins are over old, blown-up cruiserweights in Tomasz Adamek and Steve Cunningham, and although the latter did manage to put Fury on his ass in their fight, will be facing an uphill battle if he does get the fight. He'll give up six inches and at least thirty pounds to the big Englishman.
It probably also doesn't help that Glazkov's last fight was against a guy who was 1-8 in his last nine beforehand.
It may be that my history with MMA has soured me towards immediate rematches, but I wouldn't be too opposed to Fury taking on someone new either before or instead of Wlad. What do you guys think?