Deontay Wilder Willing to Pick Up Fury’s Slot Fighting Oleksandr Usyk
As history has recorded, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KO’s) has shared the ring with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson “The Gypsy King” Fury (32-0-1, 23 KO’s) three separate times. The first resulted in a controversial draw. The next two would be dominated by Fury, who won both by way of stoppage.
That second defeat represented Wilder’s last performance in the ring. Next up though, the former WBC champion, who racked up a historic ten title defenses, will next go to war with Robert Helenius on October 15. Helenius is a long-time former sparring partner that most feel The Bronze Bomber will make short work of.
Provided that Wilder, 36, does prevail in this match, he is already putting his mind toward unearthing his next adversary. Currently, the biggest bout that could be made in the division would pit Fury against unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KO’s). Despite the appeal of this prizefight, there are a couple of potential hurdles.
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To begin, Usyk has already stated that his duel with Fury would not happen until at least next year. Also, The Gypsy King has let it be known that he’d have to be paid a king’s ransom to get him back in the ring. Only time will tell if he sticks to his guns on this matter. Provided that he does though, Wilder explained to TalkSport that he has no problem sliding in Fury’s place and facing Usyk after his showdown with Helenius.
“If he (Tyson Fury) overprices himself, they know where to find me. £500 million is definitely pricing himself out. I’m here, Deontay Wilder’s back. I’m here to make the division back strong and exciting again, I’m here for all the smoke. But we’ll see what happens. Boxing is a business. It’s strictly a business and you’ve gotta treat it accordingly. We’ll see how the business has to be handled for that fight to happen.”
Honestly speaking, Wilder versus Usyk is still an intriguing match. Sure, Wilder has the two knockout losses but they are both to the same Tyson Fury. Also, while Usyk is a master boxer, he does not possess anywhere near the same physical height, length or density that Fury does. So, if only a matter of boxing skill, there is no reason to assume that Usyk could automatically recreate the in-ring success that The Gypsy King enjoyed.
It is true that Fury won twice by stoppage in bouts that many will remember for being highly dominant. At the same time though, it should be noted that over the course of their trilogy, Fury had to scrape himself off the canvas a total of four times. If Usyk were clobbered and put down, there is no guarantee that he would display the same recuperative powers as The Gypsy King. So, for all these intriguing intangibles, Wilder versus Usyk does sound like a thrilling fight.
Yet, while all this is fun for the fans to speculate about, we must first await the outcome of the Fury and Usyk fight resolution. When we last heard from Usyk, if was not facing Fury, he was walking away period. So, let’s see how this plays out over the next several months.
By: Bakari Simpson