Photo Credit: Getty ImagesBy Mark Elezaj
Current WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) will not be fighting Tyson Fury next as we all hoped, but plans are being finalized for his return to the squared circle.
Wilder will be defending his WBC heavyweight title May 18 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, according to sources at “The Ring.” That was the same date set aside for Wilder’s rematch with Tyson Fury, before he signed a contract with Top Rank and ESPN. Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank, wants both fighters to face other opponents first so that they can build momentum towards the much anticipated rematch.
”We knew Fury wasn’t gonna take this fight,” said Wilder. “You know, we got to a certain point in time when they were stalling about signing the contract that was already set a week ago. When he was stalling from signing that, we knew something was wrong. We knew it was the problem where Frank (Warren) wasn’t answering his phone anymore. You know it wasn’t no reason for him not to answer. We knew something was up.”
“Fury had his face in the contract for a week to get a rematch on. That was a 50/50 deal. So you know nothing was wrong with the contract, that everything was good. But Fury did not want to fight me. Fury signed the ESPN deal to run away from me. You can’t go nowhere. Well where he gonna go? He’s not a champion. He didn’t win the fight.”
“I’m the champion of America. And all these guys get in deals is based off of the potential of fighting me. If I don’t get Tyson Fury again, I say fuck him then. If you don’t want to fight, I got to fight someone else. If I keep this attitude up, ESPN is going to be very hurt, you know, because Fury is a boring fighter. Only he got good is his mouth. The only reason people laugh is because they laugh at him and not with him because he has a British accent coming over here in this country. That’s it. Other than that he’s a very, very boring fighter. People will not deal with it, especially not over here in America.”
So who’s next for the champ?
The possible front runner for the fight is Dominic Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs), per sources. He is the current WBC mandatory challenger, and it is possible that the WBC will order the fight this week.
Breazeale is excited about getting this title shot. He’s been waiting a long time to face Wilder, and now it looks like he’s poised to get the fight.
“That was the biggest thing that’s happened in the last 15 months. A situation like that where Fury kind of pulls out of his situation, his rematch, it’s the best thing for the WBC mandatory,” Breazeale said to Inside PBC Boxing on FS1. “I’m super excited to take the fight. I’m waiting for the phone to ring with the date.”
The only issue that can arise is Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn can throw a wrench into the plans by having the WBC force a fight between Dillian Whyte and Breazeale for their interim heavyweight title.
~ The Fighting Voice ~