A story emerging from Germany is that unbeaten Russian Heavyweight Denis Boytsov will be the next challenger for the Heavyweight crown currently held by Wladimir Klitschko.
The 27 year old Boytsov (33-0, 26) will first have to get past Australian Alex Leapai (29-4-3, 24) in their bout arranged for November 23rd. Though, from having seen Leapai a few times, that shouldn't be too much of an issue for the German based Russian.
To date Boytsov has been a frustration to watch. The talented, but small Heavyweight, has long been tipped as a top contender though hand injuries and issues with management have put the brakes on what was once a highly promising career.
Although Boytsov, at just 6'1" and 220lbs is a small fighter in the Heavyweight division he has a very fun to watch style with aggression at the forefront of his work and it's this aggression which could see him posing some problems to Klitschko. Unfortunately however the lack of experience at the top level and the small stature of Boytsov will likely prove to be his un-doing against Klitschko.
We would expect a Klitschko-Boytsov bout to take place in early 2014, sometime in Spring, if Boytsov does indeed get past Leapai. If he fails in his quest to defeat the Australian then it'll be a very, very long journey back to this sort of position.
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