Tyson Fury (25-0-1, 19 KOs) and Deontay Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) engaged in a terrific fight this past Saturday night. The fight ultimately ended in a draw and deservedly so.
Sure Fury was seemingly outboxing Wilder, but the aforementioned WBC titleholder scored two knockdowns that salvaged the night for the champion.
The fight was not the most aesthetically pleasing, but it was fun to watch. The 12th and final round was one that none of the fans will forget anytime soon.
Fury was seemingly cruising his way to a decision victory. Although Wilder knocked down Fury in the ninth round it was still his fight to lose.
That’s when Wilder did what he always does. He knocked Fury down in the last round.
It was a dramatic way to end a fight. Or so many of us had thought.
Some how, some way, Fury not only got up from that massive knockdown but he actually fought back. It was a great fight and with the two knockdowns it made the fight extremely close.
You know what that means don’t you?
It means we get to see it all over again. Usually in the world of boxing fans don’t get exactly what they want. It wouldn’t be surprising if Wilder and Fury decided to fight other opponents in their next fights before jumping back into the ring with one another.
The only problem is that there is no one else. Let’s look at the Heavyweight landscape.
Dillian Whyte is a strong challenger, but he has already been knocked out by current unified champion Anthony Joshua. Luis Ortiz is a phenomenal fighter, but he too has been knocked out when he challenged Deontay Wilder earlier this year.
How about Alexander Povetkin? Seriously, give me a break. Jarrell Miller? He’s an interesting name, but he is unproven at this point.
Aleksandr Usyk is the wild card in the division. He is the current unified Cruiserweight champion and has made it clear that he plans on moving up to Heavyweight–but he isn’t on anyone’s radar just yet.
Anthony Joshua is the one name that could entice either man. He is after all the current unified champion and sports an undefeated record of 22-0 with 21 knockouts. With all due respect to Joshua he needs to take a backseat to these two men.
Joshua had his chance. Wilder has been vocal for quite some time about wanting to make that fight happen. Fury has wanted a piece of Joshua as well. For some reason neither fight materialized.
What we have in Wilder and Fury are two champions that want to fight each other. They both gave the fans one helluva fight the first time around. The rematch is seemingly inevitable.
Sure there are other contenders out there. There is even a certain champion out there that wants a piece of the action as well. Unfortunately for everyone else they will have to wait their turn.
Wilder vs. Fury 2 must happen next. It’s the only fight that matters.