By News Team
24th February 2020
What a way to consolidate your position as the number one heavyweight fighter in the world.
Tyson Fury did what he said he would all along, with many doubting he could, playing Deontay Wilder at his own game on Saturday night, boxing on the front foot and forcing a stoppage in dramatic fashion.
The win puts Fury at the top of the heavyweight tree, claiming the WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight titles, while maintaining his lineal status – but the age-old question remains, what’s next for these two fighters?
Who wouldn’t want to see this fight again? Well, there are those who would prefer Fury to go on and fight Anthony Joshua for the undisputed crown, however, there politics at play before this can be considered.
Due to contractual obligations, Wilder reserves the right to invoke an immediate rematch with Fury, which would likely tie each of the fighters up for the remainder of 2020.
With vast earning potential, the chance to win back the title at the first opportunity and the opportunity to restore his reputation, it’s hard to believe Wilder won’t call for the rematch immediately, despite the one-sided affair in which he was defeated on Saturday night.
If Wilder vs Fury III were to happen in late 2020, Fury would have just one fight remaining on his contract with Top Rank, and he has suggested that it will be his last.
Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua
On the off chance that Wilder were to decide that an immediate rematch should be postponed, Fury would free himself up for one of the biggest boxing contests in history: a unification bout with Joshua for the undisputed heavyweight championship.
It’s no secret that Joshua’s career goal has been to become undisputed champion, and with mainstream interest in both Fury and Joshua at its peak, the money to be made for both fighters is exponential.
It’s likely that the all-British fight would need to take place in America, due to a clause in Fury’s current contract. Joshua will need to overcome Kubrat Pulev first, who is the mandatory challenger for his IBF belt, with the pair reportedly set to meet on June 20 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
If all of these things were to happen, Joshua and his team would need to work a deal with the WBO, who believe that Joshua’s next fight following Pulev should be their mandatory challenger, likely to be the winner of Dereck Chisora vs Oleksandr Usyk, a fight rumoured to be taking place in May.
Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte
Once again, subject to Wilder’s decision in regard to the rematch, there is the possibility that the WBC will call the next fight between the title holder, Fury, and their mandatory challenger, Dillian Whyte.
Whyte, who has been in the mandatory challenger position for almost two years, has bided his time for long enough, and would put immense pressure on the WBC to call this fight into fruition, should Fury be available.
This would be a monster fight in its own right as an all-British world heavyweight title bout, and with just one loss to Joshua on his record, Whyte could cause any heavyweight big problems when match fit.
What next for Wilder, if not the rematch?
This is a difficult one to call until we know what Wilder decides. Without taking the rematch, you’d have to imagine that priorities have changed, which makes it hard to discuss his options.
Despite Saturday’s defeat, Wilder remains one of the elite draws in boxing at this moment – he’d have no shortage in potential opponents, who would likely receive a large payday, coupled with the chance to put themselves at the top of the contenders list.
Names that spring to mind include Andy Ruiz Jr., Adam Kownacki, Joseph Parker and Michael Hunter, all ranked in the top ten with multiple governing bodies.