AJ, Whyte or Wilder again? Who Tyson Fury fights next after title win

Facing Deontay Wilder in THIRD clash, finally taking on Anthony Joshua or meeting mandatory challenger Dillian Whyte… who Tyson Fury could fight next after WBC Heavyweight title win

  • Tyson Fury is now inundated with offers after defeat Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas
  • Fury pulled off the performance of his career to be re-crowned world champion 
  • Anthony Joshua now wants to fight Fury next, says promoter Eddie Hearn
  • Deontay Wilder has a 30-day window to activate a re-match clash for a trilogy 
  • READ: Sportsmail’s fight report on the bell from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas 

The boxing world is now Tyson Fury’s oyster following his sensational seventh-round TKO victory over Deontay Wilder, as tongues begin wagging and the question of ‘what’s next’ spreads over people’s lips.

By humiliating the ‘Bronze Bomber’ and leaving his opponent battered and bloodied, Fury reclaimed his status as heavyweight champion of the world and took the WBC title off the American.

Now, the complexities of the situation become apparent. The sporting world craves an all-British showdown between Fury and Anthony Joshua, though Wilder has a deciding say on rematch matters. There is, also, the small matter of a mandatory challenger. Sportsmail examines what could happen next… 

Anthony Joshua

The one everybody wants.

For years Fury and AJ have flirted with the prospect of locking gloves in the ring and going at it in a battle for the ages.

Joshua had knocked back the idea on several occasions with Fury having returned to the ring in poor condition after such a long absence, though his recent victories have catapulted him straight back into contention and beyond.

Now it is Fury who tops the pecking order above Joshua, after the Watford-born ace lost his undefeated professional record during his first meeting with Andy Ruiz Jr. 

A battle of Britain, Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury showdown, is the fight everyone wants to see

AJ recently reclaimed each of his belts in a Saudi Arabia showdown, though his calibre has been questioned as a result of the initial loss. 

Promoter Eddie Hearn has insisted he will do all he can to get this fight signed, sealed and delivered, and admits Fury is now the man Joshua wants to face more than all others.  

Joshua holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles, meaning a clash now with Fury would place all heavyweight belts in existence on the line.

Joshua is in line to face mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in June, though Hearn has suggested Joshua is willing to drop this fight, along with resisting the challenge of Oleksandr Usyk, in order to face Fury.

Fury recently called Joshua via facetime to discuss the possibility of a showdown

‘I probably expect Wilder to [enact the rematch clause] – I don’t see where else he has to go,’ Hearn said after Wilder was toppled.

‘But our mandatory challenger, Pulev, is also promoted by Bob Arum, like Fury, so there is a very easy manoeuvre there if Wilder doesn’t accept the rematch to go straight into this undisputed fight in the summer.

‘That is what we have to push for initially. If Wilder comes back and says: ‘no, I’m having my rematch’, then that is due for July or August.’

Over the two meetings so far, it’s safe to say Fury has come out covered in glory.

Many pundits and fans alike believed Fury should have won the first 2018 meeting in LA, after out-boxing the ‘Bronze Bomber’ and then getting up from a ferocious knock-down in the final round.

As reported by Sportsmail, Wilder now has a 30-day window in which to exercise his right to an immediate encore encounter for a trilogy fight.

After losing to Fury via TKO in the seventh round, Deontay Wilder has the option of a trilogy

Wilder was left wobbling inside the MGM Grand, sent to the canvas on multiple occasions after struggling to cope with a barrage of Fury attacks. 

The humiliating defeat to Fury has now left Wilder with limited options, with an immediate rematch with the ‘Gypsy King’ naturally the most lucrative.

Wilder and his team now have to make the decision as to whether to jump straight back into a summer fight and risk a complete washout, or pass up the opportunity and look to secure a meeting with Fury at a later date.

Giving his own view on the situation, Fury’s promoter Arum added: ‘The question is directed to Deontay Wilder.

‘He 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 he wants to go ahead, that’s what the contract says and we will honour that.’

Wilder has few other lucrative options aside the rematch after his Las Vegas humiliation

Wilder’s promoter however, Shelly Finkel, insists the two titans will almost certainly be sharing the ring once more.

‘Deontay will take the time but you will see these guys in the ring again,’ said Finkel in the aftermath of his man’s defeat.

‘I have told him many times, you have the rematch for a reason no matter what.’

Dillian Whyte

A third, and interesting, option comes in the form of Fury’s mandatory challenger Whyte.

The 31-year-old has not tasted defeat since being knocked out by his bitter rival Joshua in 2015.

Since, 11 consecutive victories have seen Whyte climb back up the ranks and propelled into contention once more, with ‘The Body Snatcher’ himself among the first to react to Fury’s victory.

Dillian Whyte is the mandatory challenger and has expressed a desire to go up against Fury

‘Well done to @Tyson_Fury congrats let’s hope we can get it on,’ Whyte wrote on his official Twitter page.

Back in January Whyte made a public show of trying to humiliate Wilder, who had continually refused to sign a deal to fight despite the Londoner’s ranked status as first challenger.

After editing a photo of Wilder with large yellow letters spelling ‘coward’, Whyte went on to add: ‘Congratulations to Bronze Bomber who has been awarded a special belt by WBCBoxing – the WBC Worlds Biggest Coward belt to be known as the WBC WBC belt for successfuly avoiding me as his official #1 ranked challenger for over 800 days.’  

Whyte – also represented by Eddie Hearn – was however left furious by his promoter’s reaction following Fury’s win.

Whyte hit back at his own promoter Eddie Hearn after feeling overlooked following the result

Hearn called for an immediate undisputed fight between AJ and Fury in the aftermath, insisting nobody wanted to see another clash with Wilder. Whyte felt immediately overlooked as a result.

Whyte issued a personal response to Hearn on social media for all to see, stating: ‘How about doing what’s right and forcing him to fight me first as the number one challenger’.

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