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On May 10, Bermane Stiverne knocked out Chris Arreola to capture the vacant WBC crown. For the first time in years, a North American fighter holds a share of the heavyweight crown.
Stiverne's first defense should come against Deontay Wilder, the WBC's mandatory contender. He has started his career with a 31-fight KO streak, but he's yet to face a solid challenge. Stiverne should provide it to him.
Meanwhile, in England, Tyson Fury rematches with Dereck Chisora in July. The winner of that fight should be in line for a title shot in the future as well.
After earning a draw against undefeated Mike Perez earlier this year, Carlos Takam returns to action in June against Tony Thompson, who has become a dangerous gatekeeper late in his career.
Last March Vyacheslav Glazkov propelled himself far up the rankings by defeating Tomasz Adamek. A great matchup for Glazkov would be unbeaten American Bryant Jennings, whose scheduled fight with Mike Perez got scrubbed earlier this month.
Of course, Wladimir Klitschko still sits at the top of the mountain at heavyweight. But even he should be forced into an exciting fight this year. The IBF has mandated undefeated Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev as his next contender.
Pulev would be an underdog, but the Olympian has the physical stature to match Klitschko and the boxing skills to put the champ's notoriously vulnerable chin at risk.
By the time 2014 is over, we will have seen more big fights with the big men than we have in many years.