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Deontay Wilder Could Fight For Vacant World Title In A New Division

Deontay Wilder Could Fight For Vacant World Title In A New Division

Former world champion Tony Bellew has proposed Deontay Wilder vs. Oleksandr Usyk for the vacant world title at super-cruiserweight.

Bellew has been put in charge of a committee to create a new weight class between cruiserweight and heavyweight for the World Boxing Council (WBC).

And he's outlined his concept with 'The Bomber' suggesting Wilder faces Usyk for the super-cruiserweight belt.

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The weight class he's looking to form is for small heavyweights at 220lbs as he looks to avoid introducing a super-heavyweight division.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he revealed: "Deontay Wilder falls into that category quite comfortably, David Haye falls into that category quite comfortably.

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"You can't mess around; you can't have a 'super-heavyweight' in boxing.

"There's one heavyweight division, that's all there should ever be, you can't go messing around with the names of them."

He added: "People say, 'Well, what would you call it?'

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"I would say you go to cruiserweight [at 190lbs] and maybe 'super-cruiserweight' [at 220lbs].

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"Something of that ilk. You can't ever have a 'super-heavyweight' division, it's not reasonable, it's ridiculous.

"This weight class we're looking to bring in is the perfect thing and if I had complete control of something like this, the first match-up I would look to do would be Deontay Wilder vs Oleksandr Usyk for the belt.

"It's an amazing fight, the division would be relevant immediately with a fight of that magnitude."

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The current cruiserweight limit stands at 200lbs while the heavyweight division stands at 200lbs+.

The Evertonian believes the introduction of a super-cruiserweight division would be perfect for fighters like Wilder and Usyk.

Wilder has fought at heavyweight since turning professional in 2008 while Usyk moved up in weight after becoming undisputed cruiserweight champion.

Meanwhile, 'The Bronze Bomber' is scheduled to face Tyson Fury in a trilogy bout with Usyk set to meet Dereck Chisora.

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But if Bellew's plans are accepted then Wilder vs. Usyk could crown the first world super-cruiserweight champion.

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Topics: Tyson Fury, Boxing News, Boxing, Oleksandr Usyk, Fight News, Deontay Wilder

Nasir Jabbar

Nasir Jabbar is a journalist at SPORTbible. He graduated from Bath Spa University with a BA in Media Communications. He's a combat sport aficionado, and has contributed to MMA websites AddictedMMA and CagePotato. Nasir has covered some of the biggest fights, while interviewing the likes of Conor McGregor, Michael Bisping and Anthony Joshua. He's also an avid Bristol City fan.