Originally Posted by brown bomber
Personally I considered Vitali beating Sanders to be the clash of the tow leading contenders at the time. Thus Vitali was the champ. I think when Vitali retired Wlad beat Sam Peter - again top two contenders so there is an argument for either. I lean slightly toward Wlad- he's being more active and is the better fighter. He also won the first significant fight between top contenders on Vitali's retirement.
Nah,Wlad and Peter when they fought the first time where nowhere near the universal recognized top 2 contenders.Byrd was pretty much rated no 1 with Rahman,Toney and Ruiz up there aswell.
With Vitali coming back Wlad does not have a real claim.