What’s next for Tuscaloosa’s heavyweight boxing champion?

What’s next for Tuscaloosa’s heavyweight boxing champion?
(Source: WBRC)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Last Saturday was just another match for Deontay Wilder.

The WBC heavyweight champion said a lot leading into his mandatory defense vs. Dominic Breazeale - and he backed it up. The fight lasted just over 2 minutes and ended with Wilder’s latest brutal knockout performance.

So now the conversations begin again for what’s next for Tuscaloosa’s own Deontay Wilder. Let’s look a few options.

Anthony Joshua superfight

This continues to be the fight the entire world of boxing wants to see.

For Wilder, a win against (however many titles) champion Anthony Joshua would achieve his end goal of unifying the division. Or, as he says it, “One champion, one face, one name.”

The back-and-forth over this fight that has produced nothing more than comment section and message board drama makes it hard to believe this fight will be more than arguing over who’s the A side and B side of the fight for at least the rest of 2019.

However, the calendar does line up for the two champions to meet later this year.

While Wilder defended his WBC title on May 18, Joshua returns to the ring on June 1 against Andy Ruiz Jr.

We’re not saying the superfight is going to happen, but we can hope it does.

Tyson Fury rematch

If the Wilder-Joshua fight isn’t made - yet again - a rematch between Wilder and Tyson Fury could happen.

The two fought Dec. 1, 2018, and it was one for the ages.

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It was a night, that as Wilder said after the fight, boxing won. Buzz for a rematch started immediately, but ultimately the fight fell through.

“I wanted to do the Fury fight, but he didn’t want to it. And I understand why he didn’t want to do it,” Wilder said. “I gave Tyson Fury a concussion and he had some memory loss as well. The highlight of that fight is me knocking him out and him getting up. So I understand him getting a lesser opportunity instead of taking the rematch. Who can blame him?”

Fury would undoubtedly love to have another chance at Wilder’s belt, but he first faces Tom Schwarz on June 15.

Other possibilities

Let’s say the Joshua and Fury fights fall through, then what? The heavyweight division isn’t incredibly deep, but that doesn’t mean Wilder needs to find a C-class fighter if he doesn’t face Joshua or Fury.

Prior to the Breazeale fight, there likely wasn’t much expectation Wilder might face Luiz Ortiz again, but Ortiz joined Wilder in the ring last Saturday and said he wants a rematch. Prior to the Fury draw, Ortiz challenged Wilder more than any other opponent when they fought in March 2018. Despite 40-year-old Ortiz aging quickly, he’s still looked good in recent bouts.

The other two names to keep an eye on are Joseph Parker and Alexander Povetkin. Parker recently held a title until falling to Joshua last year. And Povetkin notably was scheduled to fight Wilder in 2016 but tested positive for a banned substance. Povetkin also has a loss to Joshua.

There are other fights that could get fans excited. Dillian Whyte holds a 25-1 record, with his only loss coming several years ago to Joshua. Up-and-coming heavyweight Adam Kownacki likely won’t get the call, but he is creating some buzz in the division and could be a fighter to keep an eye on in the future.

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