Originally Posted by Stonehands89
Wlad beat a third-rate and third-rated Chagaev and The Ring appointed him champion based on that. He's one of the seventy make-pretend champions in a sport that has forgotten what the hell a champion is.
It is idiotic to even compare this make-pretend reign to Louis's dozen-year domination.
His reign hasn't even begun yet and it won't until he fights the number two contender. The sooner Vitali retires the better it will be for boxing, for obvious reasons.
That being said, he is without a doubt the premiere heavyweight of this time.
Well he's not a champion based on a 1 v 2 rule but then again neither was Ray Robinson at WW, nor Larry Holmes at HW. He's recognised by all as number 1 and has unified WBA,WBO,IBF,Ring.
So 4 of the 5 accepted ranking bodies consider him a champion. He's certainly more worthy of the crown than Briggs ever was