By Lee Phelps
Last Updated: 3rd June 2019
The unholy trinity of heavyweights may well be getting pulled closer together with every passing gimme of a fight, and we’ll keep hearing the big question louder: who is the best?
Deontay Wilder disposed of Dominic Breazeale in double quick time, as that ferocious right hand detonated on the Californian’s chin, exposing the plan to “take him into deep water” as shallow to say the least.
What’s been largely forgotten is the shot that wobbled Wilder moments before. The WBC champ’s legs went jelly-like for a second and he held on while his head cleared.
Of course it doesn’t matter when you drop your opponent in the fashion he did, chalking up victim number 40 of his 41 opponents.
The chat straight after, and since, has been about Wilder fighting Anthony Joshua to unify the division and the American sounds keen to get it on. Rumours intimate that a two-fight deal is closer now, with one bout in the US and the other in the UK.
Who lands first AJ or Wilder?
It’s a mouth-watering clash with 61 KOs between them. A draw looks very unlikely with so much power in both their hands, so it’s just a question of who lands first.
Joshua is definitely the better boxer and can box to a plan more than Wilder, but Wilder is, well, wilder. He’s not an easy man to predict with flailing arms and frantic footwork, plus he’s quick – those punches come think and fast.
Joshua is next up to put his titles on the line against an opponent in Andy Ruiz Jr, who he should beat. The pressure is on to impress in front of a US crowd, with Wilder more than likely at ringside watching on at Madison Square Garden on Saturday 1st June.
AJ is 1/25 to beat Ruiz Jr, with the American 9/1 and the draw priced at 33/1
One man who has been there and done it Stateside is Tyson Fury. He took the best Wilder had and famously got up. All that after a long time out of meaningful competition.
Fury will wait patiently for all the belts
Fury claims Wilder is the second best heavyweight on the planet, behind himself of course. He’ll happily bide his time, treading water until the other two fight it out for the unification of the division, so he can step in and add the physical belts to his linear title.
Sunday 16th June is the date he’ll step into the ring, looking the best he has in years, to toy with Tom Schwarz, at the MGM Grand, in Vegas. Fury is 1/30 to win that fight, with the German 14/1 and the draw 15/1.
Presuming both Brits live up to their favouritism, the cries for the three to fight each will grow even louder and the debates over who is the best will rage on.
Joshua is fancied to beat Wilder, either by out-boxing him or connecting first, and the odds back this up. Should the showdown take place, AJ is regarded as the 8/15 favourite, with Wilder the 6/4 underdog.
Then we get an all-British blockbuster, in which Fury will frustrate Joshua and it will all end in controversy, cueing up rematches all around. Again, AJ is the favourite should this fight take place at 4/6. Fury is priced up at 6/5 to triumph.