WHAT NEXT FOR TYSON FURY? A trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder, a blockbuster unification bout against Anthony Joshua or even RETIRING? Eddie Hearn, David Haye, the Fury clan and boxing’s biggest names have their say…
- Tyson Fury spectacularly dominated Deontay Wilder in their Las Vegas rematch
- The Bronze Bomber has an option to invoke a third fight between the pair
- If he doesn’t, an all-British unification fight against Anthony Joshua lingers
- Dilian Whyte, the mandatory challenger to Fury’s WBC belt, is also an option
- Fury’s father John believes his son should retire and focus on his family
After Tyson Fury’s devastating dismantling of Deontay Wilder on Saturday night, the question now on everyone’s lips is: what’s next?
As per the terms of the contract for Fury vs Wilder II, the Bronze Bomber can invoke a clause which would bring about a trilogy fight between the pair.
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has hinted that Wilder will take up that option, despite the crushing loss which saw his corner throw in the towel.
Tyson Fury celebrates his victory on Saturday – but who is next in line for the ‘Gypsy King’?
Deontay Wilder succumbed to his first ever defeat but can enact another rematch with Fury
However, should the American pass up his option to fight Fury for the third time and look elsewhere, there are some tantalising prospects in store for the Gypsy King.
Anthony Joshua, who holds the other world belts in the heavyweight division, would be the most exciting match-up, in an all-British unification bout.
Matchroom supremo Eddie Hearn insists he will do everything he can to make the fight happen, in a clash Warren has said would be the biggest British sporting event since the 1966 World Cup final.
Another Brit, Dillian Whyte, is also in the frame, particularly given he is now Fury’s mandatory challenger in the heavyweight division.
But in which direction will Fury, after such a historic Vegas moment, go? The 31-year-old himself, his close entourage plus boxing matchmakers and experts have been having their say…
TYSON FURY – EITHER WILDER OR JOSHUA
In the aftermath of Saturday’s fight, Fury stated he’d be happy to fight Wilder again if he invokes the rematch clause for bout No 3.
‘I expect he [Wilder] will want a rematch and I will have that,’ Fury told BT Sport.
‘Great fights should have trilogies. And I want it here, just across the road, at the Raiders Stadium outdoors in front of 70,000.’
Fury says he’d be happy to take part in a third Wilder fight but is also keen to fight Joshua
Should a third fight go ahead, the Gypsy King wants the fight to be held at Raiders Stadium
Despite that, the WBC champion also implied that a fight – and a win – against compatriot Joshua in a unification clash would complete his career.
‘I’ve got another old fella across the pond who might want a little tickle. Then that is it then. It’s completed. Done.’
No matter who Fury faces, after one of the all-time great British heavyweight performances at the MGM Grand over the weekend, he will be the favourite.
JOHN FURY – RETIREMENT
This was a left-field opinion which very few were expecting.
Fury’s father John, who trained his son up to world-class status, has called on Tyson to retire, insisting he should focus on his young family and being a father.
John Fury told Good Morning Britain that he wants his son Tyson to retire from boxing now
WHAT’S NEXT FOR TYSON FURY – THE ODDS
- 1/10 Anthony Joshua not to fight Fury in 2020
- 1/5 Fury to fight Wilder for a third time in 2020
- 5/4 The fight to take place in Saudi Arabia
- 2/1 The fight to take place at Wembley
- 5/1 Joshua to fight Fury in 2020
- 8/1 The fight to take place at Madison Square Garden
- 14/1 The fight to take place at Old Trafford
- 14/1 Fury in retire in 2020
- 20/1 Anthony Joshua to retire in 2020
- 25/1 Deontay Wilder to retire in 2020
*Odds courtesy of Paddy Power
‘I want my son to retire now. He’s done enough. It’s been an uphill battle for him. I want him to pack it in now,’ Fury Snr. told Good Morning Britain on Monday morning.
‘I think it’s in the back of his mind. He can’t do anymore. He’s won every professional title. Enough is enough. There’s more to life now. He’s given it his all.
‘He’s 32 years old. He’s got a young family and I do believe his children deserve their father. He’s done enough and that’s my opinion.’
When pushed on a potential fight against Joshua, Fury’s father was dismissive of the idea.
‘I think Joshua… Tyson’s proved he’s above that level. Joshua’s lost to a lot lesser man than Deontay Wilder.
‘I don’t agree with that because when you’re sold one point, five more come into play. Where does it end?’
Anthony Joshua holds four world heavyweight belts after beating Andy Ruiz in December
TOMMY FURY – JOSHUA FIGHT
Fury’s younger brother, professional boxer and Love Island star Tommy, has backed Tyson to beat Joshua in an all-British showdown.
‘The Anthony Joshua fight will happen,’ Tommy told iFL TV.
I’ll tell you now, Joshua isn’t good enough to lace Tyson’s boots up. Not once. He’s [Fury] going to go and prove everyone wrong again.’
Fury’s younger brother Tommy with Tyson’s belts which he won in Las Vegas on Saturday
FRANK WARREN – JOSHUA FIGHT
Although Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has hinted Wilder’s camp are likely to invoke the rematch clause for Fury vs Wilder III, he has also urged them not to in order to make the Joshua fight a realistic possibility.
Speaking after Saturday night’s entertainment, Warren said of the Joshua fight: ‘That would be the biggest sporting event to take place in the UK since England won the World Cup.
‘You would not be able to get a ticket for it. The stumbling block is that he [Joshua] has to fight (Kubrat) Pulev.
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren is pushing for a date with AJ, though knows it is out of his hands
‘If I was him I wouldn’t fight Pulev, I would even vacate the belts to get the fight with Tyson on. He should not take the risk.
‘I’d prefer him not to take the risk, I’d prefer Wilder not to take the rematch and let’s get it on.’
BOB ARUM – EITHER WILDER OR JOSHUA
Co-promoter alongside Warren, Bob Arum also insisted that per the contract for the second fight, a third fight will be adhered to if team Wilder act upon it, even if it happens next year.
‘[Wilder] can opt out of a third now and get himself together and do it again next year in which case Tyson Fury will keep himself busy with other opponents.
‘If [Wilder] wants to go ahead, that’s what the contract says and we will honour that.’
EDDIE HEARN – JOSHUA FIGHT
Meanwhile, Joshua’s promoter Hearn is promisingly singing from the same hymn-sheet as Warren.
‘It has become the biggest fight in the history of the sport worldwide,’ Fury told talkSPORT about the Joshua vs Fury match-up.
‘We have to make this fight happen. We will never get the chance for two Brits to fight for an undisputed heavyweight world championship. I will promise you we will do everything we can to make this fight happen.’
Eddie Hearn insists he will do everything to make sure his client Joshua takes on Fury
Fury recently called Joshua via FaceTime to discuss the possibility of a showdown
As for a third bout against Wilder being a potential obstacle, Hearn didn’t believe the public would be interested in a trilogy fight.
‘I don’t think anyone wants to see a third fight, it was that conclusive, but we will see if he wants to exercise that.
‘I have already spoken to AJ, he wants this fight. He has zero fear of fighting Tyson Fury and he wants to be undisputed.
‘Every country in the world will try to get this fight, but for me it should happen in the UK. We think as Joshua’s team that we win this fight.’
DILLIAN WHYTE – HIMSELF!
One of the most fascinating exchanges to emerge from the weekend’s action was a spat between heavyweight Whyte and his promoter Hearn on Twitter.
After the Matchroom supremo tweeted his excitement at a potential undisputed clash, Whyte vented his anger at his own promoter, saying ‘How about doing what’s right and forcing him to fight me first as the number 1 challenger.’
Whyte hit out at Eddie Hearn’s tweet before congratulating Fury on his latest triumph
Whyte is the mandatory challenger for Fury’s belt although is third-favourite with the bookies
Given Fury now holds the WBC belt, Whyte is indeed the mandatory challenger for Fury, though that doesn’t necessarily mean his next opponent given Wilder’s re-match clause.
Another Brit in the fold who has already pushed Joshua in an engrossing 2015 encounter, will Whyte be allowed a seat at the table?
SHELLY FINKEL (WILDER’S PROMOTER) – WILDER FIGHT
Despite the crushing defeat, Wilder’s promoter Shelly Finkel was adamant a third bout would take place.
‘Deontay will take the time but you will see these guys in the ring again,’ he said in the aftermath.
‘I have told him many times, you have the rematch for a reason no matter what.’
Wilder and his camp have 30 days from the date of the fight to enact their rematch clause should they want to.
DAVID HAYE – JOSHUA FIGHT
A former world heavyweight champion himself, Haye admitted he was keen to see a fight between Fury and Joshua, and gave Fury the slender upper hand should the two collide.
David Haye has given his backing to an all-British heavyweight clash between Fury and Joshua
‘I believe you have to go with the guy who is unbeaten. That’s why I believe Anthony Joshua will want this fight though – it’s the chance to get that official No 1 title,’ Haye told iFL TV.
‘It’s so nice that it’s two Brits because it makes it easier to happen. AJ is significantly more well-rounded than Wilder, he can box which he proved last time out. He can punch and mix it up.
‘It’s a 50/50 fight – maybe you slightly give the edge to Fury.’
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