The road veers in very different directions for both fighters now the dust as finally settled on the trilogy. Tyson Fury claimed victory over Deontay Wilder that further allows him to progress whilst Wilder’s career looks down the barrel of a gun.
The fallout from Saturday’s WBC encounter left the the lingering question of where each fighter goes from here?
I’ve seen a host of names thrown around in the aftermath from the credible to the absurd so while I have a few moments I’ll give my humble opinion on the ongoing debate.
Starting with the dream scenario of Fury v Usyk, In an ideal world we would see the heavyweight unification next but this wont be the case, well not in the immediate future anyway, Matchroom supremo Eddie Hearn confirmed this week that Joshua will activate the rematch clause that was added in his contract with Usyk.
Much to the frustration of Top Rank’s Bob Arum who gave his view on the situation.
“if people were sensible, Joshua would work out an agreement to allow Usyk to fight Tyson Fury and to have each fighter contractually agree in his next fight – whether it’s Usyk or Fury – to fight the winner.
“That’s sensible. But again, this is boxing and promoters with egos and fighters not making in my opinion the right decision but really making fights based on emotion.”
He continued: “Eddie Hearn being Eddie Hearn, who is all ego, won’t listen to something that makes sense.
So logically thinking, that fight is very much pie in the sky, so who’s next in Line? All signs point to Dillian Whyte.
His was the name that instantly sprung to mind when asked about potential opposition following the Wilder victory, he is also the mandatory to Fury’s WBC title so should he come through his dangerous affair on October 30th against Otto Wallin then he would be in pole position, otherwise perhaps Wallin might find himself in the picture.
Wilder’s future is a more complex situation, there is a real possibility aged 36 he may opt to step away from the sport of boxing, doing so on the back of a performance of true grit that will find no judgement or shame in defeat.
Do I see this happening? No I don’t, Let’s be honest his ego wont allow him to go out like he did on Saturday night, so lets be realistic and look at what options are available to him?
Well there are multiple, they could keep it in house at PBC with names such as Luis Ortiz, Charles Martin or the more attractive proposition of Andy Ruiz Jr.
Perhaps throw Robert Helenius into the mix, especially following his back to back knockouts of Adam Kownacki. Another fight that could lure Wilder to the surface could be Frank Sanchez who continued his winning ways with victory over Efe Ajagba on the nights undercard.
The options should he choose to continue are vast, especially with the circling of opposition in the want of picking the bones of a fighter left from the two Fury beatdowns. It will be interesting to see what the Alabama native as left in the tank following on from the two losses, becoming an attractive proposition to a host of fighters looking to add a big name to their resume.
Expect to see Wilder return in a match up with a fighter in or around the top ten, a name who he will be looked on as a confidence builder, a fighter who will keep him in contention for another shot at glory.
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