Tyson Fury Talks About the Future Following His Knockout Win Over Deontay Wilder
The trilogy that is Fury-Wilder III is in the books! At the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Tyson Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) stopped Deontay Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) in the eleven rounds to retain the WBC world heavyweight title. While far from the most technically skilled affair, it was a contest full of excitement. There were a total of five knockdowns between both men. The Vegas crowd was on their feet wildly cheering from the opening bell. In the end, Fury proved to be too much as he wore out and chopped down his bitter rival. Many are calling the fight a leading candidate for the 2021 Fight of The Year.
After such a wild and dramatic affair, it’s reasonable to ponder what’s next for the winner. During the post-fight press conference, Tyson Fury spoke to the media. First and foremost, he wants to take some time off and spend some time with his family.
From a boxing perspective, there is one opponent that looms large in the division landscape. That would be a match against newly crowned unified IBF/WBA ‘super’/WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk. Here’s how Fury responded when asked about a fight with Usyk.
“Before I start thinking about fighting other men, I’m going to bask in this victory. Tonight was one of my greatest wins, I got off the floor to do it. I’m the big dog in the division… We’ll just see what today brings and tomorrow as well”.
Usyk still has some food left on his plate. His next fight is expected to be a rematch against the man he defeated to win the belts, former unified champ Anthony Joshua. That rematch is likely to happen in the first quarter of 2022.
Then there’s the issue with the WBC. The sanctioning body has stated the winner of Fury-Wilder III must next fight WBC ‘interim’ world heavyweight champion, Dillian Whyte, provided he’s successful in his upcoming fight against Otto Wallin on October 30. A fight between Fury and either Usyk or possibly Joshua would not happen until Summer or Fall of 2022.
Fury’s position is certainly understandable. This third battle with Wilder was physical and punishing. The ordeal to make the fight is well-documented. He’s also spent significant time away from his loved ones. However, a fight with Oleksandr Usyk would be a contest for the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, which has to be enticing.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.