Who Next for Klitschko? Hamilton Likelihood of Voluntary Participation Co-Efficient

Likelihood of Voluntary Participation is a function of perceived marketability & perceived lack of risk of losing to a given opponent

(10*Marketability Co-Efficient) + (10 – Ease of Victory Co-Efficient) = Voluntary Participation Likelihood 

The Short List (Most Likely to Least Likely)

Shannon Briggs #54 in the world & #18 in the USA according to Boxrec.com. #6 according to the always keen to pick up sanctioning fees World Boxing AssociationPromotional Pull/Marketability of Bout: 5.5/10. Difficulty in Putting Away Opponent for Wladimir Klitschko: 3.5/10. Overall score: 12/20. 

Tyson Fury Promotional Pull/Marketability of Bout: 8.25/10. Difficulty in Putting Away Opponent for Wladimir Klitschko: 6.5/10. Overall score: 11.75/20. 

Antonio Tarver Promotional Pull/Marketability of Bout: 6.75/10. Difficulty in Putting Away Opponent for Wladimir Klitschko: 5/10. Overall score: 11.75/20. 

Christian Hammer Promotional Pull/Marketability of Bout: 3/10. Difficulty in Putting Away Opponent for Wladimir Klitschko: 1.5/10. Overall score: 11.5/20. 

Luis Ortiz – The WBA’s interim champion is ranked #30 in the world by boxrec.com. At 35 he’s only boxed 85 professional rounds in fully 5 years. Owns a mammoth 84″ reach. Has an incredibly thin resume at the world level – Lateef Kayode is his singular vaguely notable win to this point. Promotional Pull/Marketability of Bout: 3/10. Difficulty in Putting Away Opponent for Wladimir Klitschko: 2/10. Overall score: 11/20. 

Bryant Jennings – The WBA’s #2 contender is boxrec.com’s #8 in the world at heavyweight. Also possesses an 84″ reach. Holds wins over Siarhei LiakhovichArtur SzpilkaMike PerezPromotional Pull/Marketability of Bout: 5.5/10. Difficulty in Putting Away Opponent for Wladimir Klitschko: 6/10. Overall score: 9.5/20. 

 

Too early to discuss:

Anthony Joshua; Joseph Parker & Andy Ruiz Jr

But for amusement sake this is how they’d have scored (at this stage):

Anthony Joshua Promotional Pull/Marketability of Bout: 7/10. Difficulty in Putting Away Opponent for Wladimir Klitschko: 6.5/10. Overall score: 10.5/20. 

Joseph Parker Promotional Pull/Marketability of Bout: 4/10. Difficulty in Putting Away Opponent for Wladimir Klitschko: 4.5/10. Overall score: 9.5/20. 

Andy Ruiz Jr Promotional Pull/Marketability of Bout: 3/10. Difficulty in Putting Away Opponent for Wladimir Klitschko: 4.5/10. Overall score: 8.5/20. 

*Alexander PovetkinKubrat Pulev not considered owing to the recency of their fights & losses to Klitschko in non-rematch building fashion (to put it mildly).

**Bermane StiverneDeontay Wilder not considered as they are slated to face each other in January 2015 – although clearly this means either COULD be available for an April/May/June fight with Wladimir.

***Vyacheslav Glazkov was not considered as he has a slated bout in March 2013.