Originally Posted by ipswich express
There wasn't much in the way of politics going on. Lewis was the world champion, recognised by all and sundry. Just like I don't recognise Francesco Damiani or Michael Bentt as the world champion. There's a pretty clear line of succession or lineage at Heavyweight.
The purist in me only recognizes lineal champions. The less titles the better.
Yes Lennox Lewis had all the best belts at the time and was the lineal champion. But Wlad was the reigning WBO titlist when Sanders KOed him, and Sanders subsequently became the WBO champion.