Tyson Fury, the new WBC World Heavyweight Champion was in one of the most dangerous fights of his boxing career on February 22nd where he put an end to the five-year reign of American heavyweight Deontay Wilder.
Few expected that the 31-year-old British Heavyweight would deal with Wilder the way he did especially after their draw in 2018: Fury knocked Wilder down in the third and fifth rounds, constantly controlling the fight and not seeming to worry that he was again sharing the ring with one of the most dangerous punchers in the history of Boxing.
Fury demonstrated everything that he promised in the second fights build up moving from his usual ‘hit and move’ tactics to a powerful, ‘cocky’ offensive style against an opponent who had never known defeat.
Fury continued his onslaught until Wilder’s own corner threw in the towel in the seventh round which saw an end to the fight, many critics believe it could have been stopped by the Referee much sooner.
Tyson Fury’s mindset
For Fury, this was more than just a victory for the world title; it was revenge for what happened in the first fight and where many believe he should have been given the decision, for years of severe depression, for uncontrolled weight gain, for the despair that cost him his titles in 2015 now held by fellow Brit Anthony Joshua.
So what can we expect to happen in the Heavyweight division now?
Will there be a third fight between Fury and Wilder?
Wilder has already activated his rematch clause according to Bob Arum which had been written into their previous contract along with their other 2 fights.
It is understood that the 3rd fight will now take place in the Summer but before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Where will the third fight take place?
Fury has already expressed his desire to take the final fight to the new Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL Las Vegas Raiders franchise which can accommodate up to 70,000 people.
Why isn’t Fury fighting Joshua yet?
The long-awaited match-up of the two British Elites will have to wait a little longer what with Wilder seeming adamant on taking his rematch immediately in the hope to regain his beloved WBC title.
Promoters Eddie Hearn and Frank Warren both “promised” that it would happen at some point. The best-case scenario now looks like the fight will happen at the very end of this year.
With the option to fight Fury to one side for the moment Joshua still has Kubrat Pulev to deal with as his mandatory challenger for his IBF belt. The two are expected to fight this Summer, with June 20th at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium being the favorite place and date.
Can Wilder beat Fury in the third fight?
The million-dollar question… If Fury puts on another performance as he did in the second fight then surely there is only one winner.
If Wilder wears a lighter suit on the ring and connects with this right hand, it may be different.
Who knows? We may be talking about the fourth fight in 2021.