Originally Posted by The Spider
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.
Actually Lewis didn't have all the belts at that point. The WBA had stripped him by then for not facing John Ruiz... Which takes me back to my original comment that its hard to recognise the WBO's lineage. Nobody and I mean nobody thinks Damiani, Morrison or Bentt were the world Heavyweight champion. Nobody thought Wladimir was at that time either.