By Mark Elezaj
Ladies and gentlemen, in what is arguably the biggest fight that can be made right now, WBC heavyweight champ Deontay Wilder says it loud and clear, he wants Wilder vs Fury 2 next. Wilder stated that he wants the rematch so that he can “settle the score while the iron’s hot.”
Fury feels different. He believes the man he “outboxed” will not want to share a ring with him a second time.
Speaking on the Sirius/XM radio show hosted by Gerry Cooney and Randy Gordon, Wilder explained why he wants that rematch with Fury.
“I want to fight the best that is willing to fight the best. Tyson Fury is willing to fight the best as he is one of them, I would love the rematch again to end the score once and for all, to ease people’s minds of this worldwide controversial decision. Who really won? I want to settle the score while the iron’s hot on it. I don’t see why not. Let’s do it again and give the fans what they want to see. Why wouldn’t I want it again? I’m the one that put him on the canvas. He didn’t put me on the canvas. I’m ready for this fight to show the world who I am. We almost got it done but almost don’t count. I’m ready to do it again.”
So What Does This Mean?
It could mean that Joshua will not be involved in the divisions top fights right away. After Shelly Finkel (Wilder’s co-manager) suggested that a Wilder vs Joshua fight could happen, Joshua took to Twitter and let his thoughts be expressed:
“What took this fool so long? Like we ain’t been interested?!
“Anyway well done Fury! They (Wilder) wanted to get to you because they assumed you was finished!! I’ll give you a fair one when your ready. Either one of you!”
Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, has gone to Los Angeles to talk about an April date between his AJ and Wilder.
Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter, hopes to open talks for Fury-Wilder 2.
Hearn told the Daily Mail: “First we need to find out what is happening with a Wilder-Fury rematch and whether the rematch clause we are hearing about is what it seems.”
“If anything, the way that fight went on Saturday works in our favour in terms of getting Wilder. That has always been the fight we want because he has the last belt.”
“It might also be the case that Wilder fancies his chances in a punch-out with AJ rather than another go at Fury. As far as AJ is concerned, he will fight anyone. He would love Wilder next and he has always wanted Fury.”
“I am going out to LA and we will talk (with Wilder’s representatives) this week. It is a fight we definitely want for April and will work hard to make.”
So Now What?
Wilder and Fury have everyone talking. Their fight was a great fight and the fight fans would love to see it again, and that leaves Joshua on the outside looking in.
At this point, it seems likely that Joshua will face the winner of the Dec. 22 fight between Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora.
The heavyweight division and the possibilities in 2019 already starting to look interesting.
~The Fighting Voice~