How The World Heavyweight Title Picture Looks After Tyson Fury's Win
Tyson Fury's is the WBC heavyweight champion, after beating Deontay Wilder on Saturday night in a clear cut victory, but things in the heavyweight division are far blurrier.
As soon as the fight ended there were calls for a fight with Anthony Joshua, who holds the other three heavyweight titles, however that fight has many problems to overcome.
This is how the heavyweight title picture looks right now:
- Deontay Wilder has a rematch clause that can be exercised in the next 30 days by the Bronze Bomber.
- Dillian Whyte is mandatory challenger for the WBC title and has been promised that he will have hit title fight in January 2021.
- Everyone is calling for AJ to fight Fury but the 2012 Olympic champion has mandatory challengers for two of his belts that need to be defended this year.
- Joshua is likely to face Kubrat Pulev for the IBF title in the first half of this year and must defend against WBA mandatory Oleksandr Usyk later in the year.
- Charles Martin, who AJ beat for the IBF belt, won a world title eliminator for that title against Gerald Washington on the undercard on Sunday night.
Eddie Hearn posted in reply to someone on Twitter to say that him and Joshua wanted the fight, and it would happen before the end of the year.
The Matchroom boss also called on Fury to forget the trilogy fight with Wilder and instead face Joshua, in what would be one of the biggest nights in British sport.
No need for a third let's go straight to it in the Summer! #undisputed- Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) February 23, 2020
That will only happen if Wilder decides not to take his rematch, something that BT Sport commentators were contemplating after the fight.
Fury though was contemplating where the third fight would take place, and was eyeing the Las Vegas Raiders new stadium, due to open in the summer, as the venue for the trilogy.
Dillian Whyte could be the biggest loser in the situation. The British heavyweight, whose only loss is against Joshua, has long been the number one contender for the WBC belt.
He was lined up for two fights with Wilder but the American avoided them. Whyte is due a mandatory shot in 2021 but if Wilder takes his rematch then that could be delayed to allow a unification fight between Fury and AJ, the fight most want to see.
How will it all play out?