Originally Posted by Clyde Barrow
Yes he was. The lineage was broken when Lennox retired. A new one was established when Vitali, #1 at the time, beat Sanders who was #3.
No he was not the lineal champ, John Ruiz had the #2 spot and Vitaly had to beat him to be lineal champ.
Not every time a #1 fights a #3 is for the title. Just in CERTAIN instances...