The boxing world is now the oyster of Tyson Fury after his sensational TKO victory in the seventh round over Deontay Wilder, while tongues start wagging and the question ‘what follows’ is spreading across people’s lips.
By humiliating the ‘Bronze Bomber’ and leaving his opponent battered and bloodied, Fury claimed his status as the world’s heavyweight champion and took the WBC title from the American.
Now the complexity of the situation becomes clear. The sports world craves a British confrontation between Fury and Anthony Joshua, although Wilder has a decisive vote on rematch cases. There is also the small issue of a mandatory challenger. Sportsmail examines what could happen …
The one who wants everyone.
For years, Fury and AJ have flirted with the prospect of locking gloves into the ring and going against it for centuries.
Joshua had reversed the idea on several occasions, with Fury returning to the ring in poor condition after such a long absence, although his recent victories immediately catapulted him back into conflict and beyond.
Now it is Fury that surpasses the ranking over Joshua, after the Watford-born ace lost his unbeaten professional record during his first encounter with Andy Ruiz Jr.
A fight for Britain, Anthony Joshua vs. Tyson Fury, is the fight that everyone wants to see
AJ recently reclaimed all its belts during a confrontation in Saudi Arabia, although its caliber was questioned as a result of the initial loss.
Promoter Eddie Hearn has insisted that he do everything he can to get this fight signed, sealed and delivered, and admits that Fury is now the man Joshua wants to face more than anyone else.
Joshua has the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles, which means that a collision with Fury would put all existing heavyweight belts on the line.
Joshua stands in line for mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in June, although Hearn has suggested that Joshua is willing to drop this fight, along with resisting the challenge of Oleksandr Usyk, to face Fury.
Fury recently called Joshua via FaceTime to discuss the possibility of a showdown
“I probably expect from Wilder [enact the rematch clause] “I don’t see where else to go,” said Hearn after Wilder was overthrown.
“But our mandatory challenger, Pulev, is also promoted by Bob Arum, just like Fury, so there is a very easy maneuver there if Wilder does not accept the rematch to go straight into this undisputed fight in the summer.
‘We must insist on that in the first instance. If Wilder returns and says, “No, I have my rematch,” it will be in July or August. “
Deontay Wilder – trilogy
Regarding the two meetings so far, it is safe to say that Fury has come out with glory.
Many experts and fans believed that Fury should have won the first 2018 meeting in LA after outboxing the “Bronze Bomber” and then rising from a fierce knockdown in the final round.
As reported by Sportsmail, Wilder now has a 30-day window where he can exercise his right to an immediate encore encounter for a trilogy fight.
After losing to Fury through TKO in the seventh round, Deontay Wilder has the option of a trilogy
Wilder remained wiggling in the MGM Grand and was sent to the canvas several times after he struggled with a barrage of Fury attacks.
Wilder now has the humiliating defeat against Fury with limited options, with an immediate rematch with the ‘Gypsy King’ of course the most lucrative.
Wilder and his team must now make the decision to immediately go back to a summer fight and risk a full flush, or let the opportunity pass and look for a meeting with Fury at a later date.
Fury’s promoter Arum gave his own opinion about the situation and added: ‘The question is addressed to Deontay Wilder.
“He can now abandon a third and get himself together and do it again next year, in which case Tyson Fury engages himself with other opponents. If he wants to continue, that’s what the contract says and we’ll honor that. “
Wilder has few other lucrative options besides the rematch after his humiliation in Las Vegas
Wilder’s promoter, Shelly Finkel, insists, however, that the two titans will almost certainly share the ring again.
“Deontay will take the time, but you’ll see these guys in the ring again,” Finkel said in the wake of his husband’s defeat.
“I have often told him that you have the rematch for whatever reason.”
A third and interesting option is the mandatory challenger from Fury, Whyte.
The 31-year-old has not suffered a defeat since he was defeated in 2015 by his bitter rival Joshua.
Since then, 11 consecutive victories have seen Whyte climb back into rank and once again quarreled, with ‘The Body Snatcher’ being one of the first to respond to Fury’s victory.
Dillian Whyte is the mandatory challenger and has expressed the wish to take on Fury
“Well done for @Tyson_Fury congratulations, let’s hope we can get it,” wrote Whyte on his official Twitter page.
In January, Whyte made a public show in which he attempted to humiliate Wilder, who had constantly refused to sign a deal to fight, despite the Londoner’s ranked status as the first challenger.
After editing a photo of Wilder with large yellow letters that spell “coward,” Whyte added, “Congratulations to Bronze Bomber who received a special belt from WBCBoxing – the WBC Worlds Biggest Coward belt known as the WBC WBC belt for successfully avoiding me as his official # 1 ranked challenger for more than 800 days. ”
Whyte – also represented by Eddie Hearn – remained furious with the reaction of his promoter after the victory of Fury.
Whyte hit back on his own promoter Eddie Hearn after he overlooked the result
Hearn called for an immediate undisputed fight between AJ and Fury in the aftermath, insisting that no one wanted to see another collision with Wilder. Whyte immediately felt overlooked.
Whyte gave a personal answer to seeing Hearn on social media for everyone, stating: “What about doing what’s right and forcing him to fight me first as the number one challenger?”