Due to Deontay Wilder’s rematch clause for his trilogy fight with Tyson Fury expiring, the third pairing between these two has now been brought to an end.
According to DailyMail, Fury will now have a warm-up defense against a thus far unnamed opponent where he’ll attempt to defend his WBC and The Ring Heavyweight Championships. Around this same time, Anthony Joshua will be defending his WBO, WBA, and IBF titles against Kubrat Pulev.
This sets up a potential match up between Fury and Joshua for next spring, leaving ‘The Bronze Bomber’ in the dark, left out.
Wilder is still recovering from a bicep tear suffered in his most recent bout with Fury back in February 2020, most likely the reason his rematch clause wasn’t initially invoked.
Now, this means that at some point of spring in 2021, we’ll have our first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis, which was back in 2002. That’s a pretty remarkable feat one of these men will achieve.
It is said that if Covid-19 restrictions are lifted in the UK by this time, they may face off in Wembley, England, with the Middle East and China also being possible destinations.
However, this fight also has a chance of being cancelled. Not only do Fury and Joshua both have to win their bouts in December, but should Oleksandr Usyk defeat Dereck Chisora on Halloween, he’ll be entitled a mandatory shot at Joshua for the WBO Heavyweight Championship.
That means should that happen, Usyk defeating Chisora, then it may be Joshua versus Usyk we end up seeing next. Once Fury took the WBO Heavyweight Championship from longtime champion Wladimir Klitschko back in 2015, he kind of lost himself and went off the rails, as we all know.
Joseph Parker ended up defeating Andy Ruiz Jr for the vacant WBO title in 2016, before losing it to Joshua in 2018. Joshua then defended it once, lost it to Ruiz, then defeated Ruiz in the immediate rematch, reclaiming his titles.
A little insight into these two potential match ups:
Joshua is the one that will end up facing one of these talents no matter what, so we’ll start with him. He started boxing at age 18, an incredibly late start in this sport, but it’s worked out very well for him, having not taken much damage throughout his career thus far.
Joshua finished his amateur career off with a 40-3 record, having won the 2010 and 2011 ABA Championships, 2010 Great Britain Championships, a silver medal at the 2011 World Championships, and he won the 2012 Olympics.
He won his first title in his ninth professional fight, just seven years into training, he’s a very special athlete. Aside from titles he was forced to vacate, he never lost a single one, until his first fight with Ruiz that is.
As mentioned above, he won back every title he ever lost in the rematch. With a record of 23-1, 21 of Joshua’s wins come via knockout, the two decisions being in two of his last three victories.
Fury is the fight we all want to see, so we’ll talk about him next. He finished his amateur career with a record of 31-4, having won the EU Junior Championships in 2007, English National Championships in 2008, as well as a bronze medal at the 2006 World Junior Championships, and a silver medal at the 2007 European Junior Championships.
Once turning professional, Fury won a title in his eighth fight, and he’s gone 11-0-1 in title fights since. With a record of 30-0-1, 21 of Fury’s wins come via knockout.
Lastly is Oleksandr Usyk, who quickly made a name for himself as an amateur, and even more so as a professional. He actually made his professional debut just one month before Joshua.
Usyk completed an astounding amateur record of 335-15, which included a World Cup silver medal in 2008, Strandzha Cup gold medal that same year, a European Championships bronze and gold medal in 2006 and 2008, a Ukrainian National Championships gold medal in 2009, and an Olympic gold medal in 2012.
That’s quite the resume, not to mention his professional career, where he’s gone 17-0 with 13 wins coming via knockout. Usyk won his first title in just his fifth professional fight, with all but his most recent outing being a title fight.
If Fury gets moved to the side because Usyk defeats Chisora, which he most likely will, it’ll be a match up of 2012 Olympic gold medalists, as Usyk was the heavyweight winner, and Joshua was the super-heavyweight winner.
Both of these match ups are very compelling, we can only hope we get to see these three fight each other at some point. As for Wilder, hopefully he can get fully recovered and continue adding to his one of a kind resume.