Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, Anthony Johsua and Dillian Whyte – what now for the heavyweights of boxing
Tyson Fury’s stunning win over Deontay Wilder set fire to the heavyweight division.
The ‘Gypsy King’ is now on the throne of boxing and although Anthony Joshua has the most seat belts, his domestic rival has the aces.
Here, Sportsmail inspects how the landscape has changed and with whom the big names could fight in the coming months.
Tyson Fury’s stunning win over Deontay Wilder was worldwide news
The lineal and now WBC heavyweight champion of the world is a crossover megastar. The manner of his victory over Deontay Wilder and the ability to milk a crowd means that he fits hand in hand in Las Vegas.
You would imagine that Fury wanted to capitalize on this momentum and would like to include Anthony Joshua in an all-British fight for all ages to unite the division. The general consensus among fans is that this is the fight they want.
But there is a big key in the game here – Wilder said he will activate his rematch clause, forcing Fury to complete a trilogy against him.
Fury promoter Bob Arum confirmed Saturday night that they would honor the contract if that is what Wilder chose.
The ‘Gypsy King’ delivered an incredible performance to dominate the American champion
Fury said: “I have to enjoy this victory and Deontay needs time to recover from the fight, but I am almost certain that he will take a rematch because he is a dynamite sponsor.
‘He can take someone with him at any time. With that danger, you are always in a fight. I’m pretty sure we’ll turn it back if he wants to. But if he doesn’t want that, these are my promoters and whatever they want to do, I’m happy about that. Whoever comes after that will receive the same treatment, that is for sure. “
Television companies were perhaps more reserved for the rematch. Many found Fury robbed in the first fight and apart from the knockdowns it was one-way traffic.
To support the first implementation with an extensive, dominant dismantling of Wilder in the second means that the appetite to see it for a third time is certainly reduced. It is a much harder product to sell to the public again, especially with casual fans.
Fury may have to fight Wilder for the third time if the beaten man applies his rematch clause
With a rematch that is nearly confirmed, Fury will try to set up a new spectacle and keep himself in the race for an undisputed fight after admitting that he sees himself fighting for only two or three years.
The will of Dillian Whyte and Oleksandr Usyk had been advertised as alternative attacks, but when asked about fighting Usyk, he said, “I want the big fights that people are interested in, and that’s not one of them.”
Fury is a blockbuster and needs a dance partner to give him an event that he is enthusiastic about. If he comes across Wilder again, then Joshua is the only other man who fits at the moment.
AJ has talked about his interest in the fight against Fury in the past, but has been silent since his countryman’s victory.
There was a photo on Joshua’s Instagram story of Fury’s mouth protector in Nigeria of the fight, but no reports of long praise for his domestic rival.
The Watford-born hunter will be disappointed to hear that Wilder has invoked the clause and now seems ready to defeat Kubrat Pulev at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, possibly in June. His promoter Eddie Hearn had tried to drum up anticipation of Joshua v Fury and had warned that viewers did not want to see FuryWilder3.
“I don’t think anyone wants to see a third fight, it was so convincing, but we’ll see if he wants to practice,” Hearn said. “I probably expect Wilder [to take the rematch]. I don’t see where else he has to go. ”
Anthony Joshua could unite all belts if he is able to fight against Fury at some point in the future
‘Our preference immediately goes into it because it would be undisputed. We will never have the chance in this sport to do it again with two Brits. I’ve already spoken to AJ, he wants this fight. He has no fear whatsoever of fighting Tyson Fury and he wants to be undisputed. “
Given the manner of his victory on Saturday night, Fury would enter a fight with Joshua as his favorite, which might suit the former Olympic champion.
He drives high behind his redeeming triumph in Saudi Arabia and revenge on Ruiz felt like a turning point in his career.
Joshua boxed beautifully that night, but there were many questions about the poor condition of his Mexican opponent who had filled the tank with food instead of emptying it during training.
Eddie Hearn had insisted on Fury to include Joshua in a massive unification struggle
Hearn said he was hopeful that a deal could have been made with Fury because his promoter Bob Arum also represents Pulev, giving them the chance to postpone the mandatory competition to organize the huge British competition. Now the pair will probably have to wait for a collision – possibly until 2021.
“Our mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev is also being promoted by Bob Arum,” Hearn reasoned. “Tyson Fury’s promoter, so there’s a very easy maneuver out there if Wilder doesn’t want the rematch to go straight into this undisputed fight in the summer.”
“And it doesn’t really matter, because we’re fighting Pulev on Spurs in June and this fight is taking place in November / December. But our preference goes right away, “he added on TalkSport.
It always seemed likely that Wilder would go for the trilogy. The reality is that the American really couldn’t go anywhere else. Anger is the biggest fight in boxing and probably the most lucrative. It makes sense from a financial and career perspective that he still has a crack, even if his chances of winning seem far away.
Fury has manipulated, outboxed and overwhelmed Wilder, but with that famous right hand there is always a chance that he could cause a shock on his day. The wallet was a 50-50 split on Saturday but would now be 60-40 in favor of Fury, which is still a hefty payday for the ‘Bronze Bomber’.
Wilder will force Fury back into the ring in a third fight to win back his WBC world title belt
The beaten man was unhappy about the way it ended when his team threw in the towel and that sense of injustice is likely to burn. He wanted to go on his shield and perhaps he now had his wish.
After the fight, his trainer Jay Deas said his husband would activate the rematch clause and said, “These guys have already had two great fights, so I think the public will want it.
“And I think we want it and I think they want it, so it seems natural. I think you’ll see that happen. “
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ cannot go anywhere else than against Fury for the third time
Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel also indicated that this would be the case.
His lack of options was striking. Joshua would have been the only other name at a level similar to Fury, but there was not much to win for AJ to fight him.
The injury to Wilder’s ear against Fury is not considered serious, so he will not be put aside for long. Summer seems to be the most likely time for the trilogy fight and Las Vegas would be a favorite to play host to the new state-of-the-art Raiders stadium a possibility.
Who is next for the first Mexican heavyweight champion in history?
His reign on the throne was short-lived and it appears that Ruiz is ill-equipped to handle the attributes of stardom.
He earned enough money from Joshua’s remission to prepare himself and his family for life so that the hunger for work could be rightly challenged.
Andy Ruiz was well beaten by Anthony Joshua and must make his way back to a title shot
“It’s hard to get out of bed to do roadworks at 5:00 am if you’ve slept in silk pajamas,” Marvin Hagler warned famously, and it looks like Ruiz discovered firsthand.
He is still a dangerous opponent with lightning fast hands, a solid chin and smart boxing brains so that few want to fight him.
Dominic Breazeale, who was wiped out by Wilder in a round last year, seems a likely option. Both men come to defeat, have a reasonable profile, especially in the US and it would be a chance for Ruiz to prove that he can commit to the sport.
Jarrell Miller is another that might fit, but the big names are out of reach for now.
The Mexican must prove that he still has the drive to succeed at the top of the division
The mandatory challenger of the WBC had a legitimate claim to fight Fury next time, if Wilder had not activated a rematch.
After losing his mandatory label last year after an unfavorable finding in a drug test, it was later determined that he had made no mistake and the WBC corrected him.
Whyte and Wilder had built a wreck battle, largely focused on the claims of the Brixton hunter that the American avoided him like the plague.
Now Fury is the champion and he is mandatory, so it wasn’t long before Whyte made himself heard on Twitter.
Dillian Whyte has won 11 fights in a row and is the WBC mandatory challenger of Fury
Whyte hit back on his own promoter Eddie Hearn after he overlooked the result
He responded to Eddie Hearn’s post and called for Fury versus Joshua by writing, “What about doing the right thing and forcing him to fight me first as the number 1 challenger.”
Whyte has the mandatory tag until 2021, so there is no rush for Fury to fight him or run the risk of being stripped of his title for a while.
It seems unlikely that he will get the call, despite winning 11 in a row since he lost to Joshua in 2015.
He told Sky Sports: “Listen, he should fight me next time, no matter what he thinks, whatever AJ thinks,” said Whyte, who shot a guaranteed WBC title back in February 2021.
Whyte thinks he has the style to bother Fury and thinks he should be next
‘I deserve it. I worked hard for my title photo and I keep fighting and I risk risking my position. I have been a contender for centuries. They should not fight anyone else except me. I have done everything that is required of me, so now it is my turn.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if they didn’t start talking about the [Anthony Joshua] fight. Anger will not face me unless it is brought to a position where it must face me.
“Everyone becomes:” He just defeated Wilder. “That doesn’t mean s ***. This is boxing and fighting styles. Tyson Fury knows I have what it takes to beat him. “
With a fight against Fury or Wilder that does not seem to play on the cards for the time being, the rumor is told that Whyte would fight against Alexander Povetkin in June.