- Deontay Wilder lost his heavyweight titles back in February to Tyson Fury.
- The “Bronze Bomber” has accused Fury of cheating in a variety of ways during the bout.
- New reports claim Deontay Wilder’s next opponent will be revealed soon.
Deontay Wilder hasn’t fought since a 7th-round defeat to Tyson Fury. Since that time, he’s been on the sidelines, accusing Fury of cheating in a variety of ways during their bout. Fans have been eagerly waiting to hear who the “Bronze Bomber” will be facing next. We’re now finally beginning to hear about Deontay Wilder’s next opponent.
Nothing has been officially scheduled. There are some fantastic options on the horizon for Wilder, though. Today, we’ll break down some of the possibilities ahead for the former heavyweight champion.
Let’s get into it!
Deontay Wilder Calls Tyson Fury a “Known Cheater”
Prior to his last fight in February, many felt that Deontay Wilder was the best heavyweight boxer in the world. He’d accumulated a 42-0-1 professional record with 41 of those wins coming via knockout. The power he demonstrated time and time again was unlike anything fans had seen in decades.
Wilder first fought Tyson Fury back in December of 2018. At that time, many felt it would be a showcase bout for Deontay. Tyson was still fairly new into his comeback and many questioned whether he still had championship motivations.
This fight ended up being one of the best in boxing history. Fury managed to win many of the rounds with pinpoint accuracy and elusive footwork. Wilder connected hard on several occasions and appeared to briefly knock Fury unconscious in the final round of the bout. In the end, it was declared a draw.
The rematch proved to be significantly different. Most online sportsbooks had the odds close, yet Fury almost immediately proved to be the superior boxer. In the 7th round, Wilder’s trainers threw in the towel. Deontay began hurling serious cheating allegations at the “Gypsy King” almost immediately after the fight.
Over the past eight months, Wilder has claimed glove tampering, poisoning, and even a crooked trainer contributed to his loss. None of these allegations have been proven. Most recently, Deontay told his fans that Fury intentionally scratched his ear. How that’s possible while wearing boxing gloves is unclear.
It’s a strange turn of events. Fortunately, fans may get to see Wilder back in the ring before long.
Deontay Wilder’s Next Opponent is Likely to be Named Soon
Many of Deontay Wilder’s fans have been left disappointed at his stance on the rematch with Tyson Fury. Not many believe that Tyson intentionally cheated in any way. The longer Wilder pushed this narrative, the worse it’s making him look.
Perhaps the best way for Wilder to get past this situation is to compete again. The trilogy bout with Fury seems off the table for now. Instead, it seems likely that Deontay will compete with another big name in the division.
It now appears we’ll soon hear about Deontay Wilder’s next opponent. He spoke with the media about plans for the future this week. During the interview, Deontay claimed he is likely to return in either January or February.
“You can see me back in the ring sometime in the first week of January, the latest early February and we’re looking through opponents now. We’re not going to sit around and wait on no coward that has an obligation to fulfill but ran away from it.” Wilder said. “Realistically, Dillian Whyte would be one of the lists, (Andy) Ruiz would be one on the list, when I get back as far as height (Robert) Helenius could be one. You got (Joseph) Parker, you got (Oleksandr) Usyk, I would love to fight him, he called me out at one point and time.”
All of these options are intriguing. Many fans have been curious to see how a fighter like Andy Ruiz, who is known for an ability to take shots, would match up against Wilder. The matchup with Dillian Whyte is certainly intriguing, as well.
Deontay Wilder’s next opponent has not been officially announced. If what he says is accurate, we could see the former champion back in action in just a few months.
Is Fury Now Lined Up for a Fight Against Anthony Joshua?
The two best heavyweight boxers in the world now both hail from the United Kingdom. It’s no surprise that so many fans are now calling for a fight between Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. Both men seem to be in their fighting primes and claim to be willing to fight each other.
Boxing is a sport of politics. It will take some serious negotiations to get a fight like this one signed. The fact that fans aren’t allowed inside stadiums makes this fight seem even more unlikely to happen anytime soon.
There’s also the fact that Joshua has a fight lined up on December 12th. That night, he’ll be looking to defend his titles against the Bulgarian knockout artist, Kubrat Pulev. BetOnline, one of the top internet sportsbooks in the US, is offering some fantastic odds for each fighter.
Joshua comes into this bout as the -2000 favorite. He’s younger, stronger, and faster. Pulev’s main advantage might be his ability to dig deep and take shots. The oddsmakers don’t feel that’s enough, and he’s listed as the +750 underdog in this contest.
Anything can happen in boxing. Perhaps the winner of Joshua-Pulev will end up being Deontay Wilder’s next opponent. Make sure to stay tuned for updates!
Who would you like to see Deontay Wilder fight next? Do you expect Fury and Joshua to fight in 2021? Let us know in the comments section below!