Joe Joyce v Joseph Parker Possibly Positioned to Crown Next Heavyweight Champ!
WBC heavyweight Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury (32-0, 23KO) has retired again, this time for real. The soon-to-be-vacant title provides an intriguing situation that affects fighters “Juggernaut” Joe Joyce and Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius as well as former champions Deontay Wilder and Joseph Parker.
Fury was trying to make a trilogy with ageless wonder Derek Chisora. Yet, dissatisfied with the negotiation, Gypsy King took to social media to say goodbye to the fans. He continuously yelled retirement for months while still holding on to the WBC title. However, a recent acknowledgment from WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman made it official.
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This can open up a massive opportunity for four fighters in particular. Joyce and Parker are scheduled to battle in the United Kingdom on September 24. There is a good chance their fight could now be for the WBC championship considering they are ranked number two and three, respectively.
Joyce (14-0, 13KO) called for Fury to either fight him or vacate the title. He should have been on the phone the minute Fury and Sulaiman made the news official. Parker (30-2, 21KO), a former WBO champion, has been on a mission to become a two-time champion and should also be on the Sulaiman hotline demanding the fight be for the title.
Number one ranked contender Wilder is returning to the ring against the tenth-ranked fighter in Helenius on October 15. There is a chance their fight can be declared a title eliminator with the winner facing the winner between Joyce and Parker.
Helenius (31-3, 20KO) is the wildcard in this equation after twice defeating top contender Adam Kownacki and rejuvenating his career. Going into the fight with the former champion, he is riding a serious momentum wave.
Wilder (42-2-1, 41KO) is coming off back-to-back defeats at the hands of Fury and would like nothing more than to regain the title he lost. The former champion is already hungry to prove he is still one of the top fighters in the sport and would be excited knowing that the title is within his grasp.
The WBC must take advantage of this unique situation to crown a new champion.
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By: Garrisson Bland