Wladimir Klitschko wants the winner of Stiverne-Arreola, who box for vacant WBC title this weekend in California. Klitschko is eager to unify the missing WBC belt, recently vacated by his brother Vitali, with his collection of titles which include the IBO, WBA, WBO, IBF and Ring Magazine championships.
The task will be difficult given that Don King and Al Haymon control Stiverne and Arreola, respectively. King has a history of protecting his heavyweight boxers from the Klitschkos (Chris Byrd, John Ruis and Nikolay Valuev are three examples). And of course Al Haymon always takes the lowest risk option for his own self interests instead of doing what's best for the sport.
It's well known in boxing that Al Haymon's master plan is to obtain control of the WBC belt via Arreola and then eventually transfer it to unbeaten knockout artist Deontay Wilder, the American who has won all of his fights by stoppage.
Haymon aspires to run boxing in America, and with Floyd Mayweather's act and skills in rapid decline, his best route to be the dominant boxing dictator involves possessing and promoting a heavyweight attraction/champion, even if he's a protected manufactured fraud, which Wilder appears to be, based on the low level of competition he's been matched with.
So the result of the Stiverne vs. Arreola rematch will have major ramification to which way the direction of heavyweight boxing will go. Though Klitschko intends to win the WBC belt ASAP, it's expected that King and Haymon will play keepaway. King and Haymon have good relations from working together in the past (Mayweather vs. Judah) and I've seen them in discussion together at various events.
It's plausible that Haymon and King will work together, regardless of who wins Stiverne vs. Arreola, and will conspire to keep the WBC belt out of Klitschko's control.
Of course, Wladimir Klitschko is a very determined man with an iron will and his last major achievement is to finally unify all the recognized titles.
Klitschko vs. Haymon and King is going to be very, very interesting. Stay tuned...