Tyson Fury re-established his status as the heavyweight number one in strong fashion on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
There were very few British fans to witness the killings at the T-Mobile Arena, but Fury vs. Wilder III will face one of the best, most thrilling encounters in boxing history.
Fury’s verdict was, “I believe I’ve beaten any man in history,” and it’s hard to see who can beat the Gypsy King after another jaw-dropping performance iconicized by the courage and glory of the WBC champion.
After finally closing the door to his trio with Wilder, it asks fans what’s next for Fury?
‘I’m going to take part in my victory’
Fury, 33, avoided talking about his plans at the post-war press conference, refusing to say who he would like to face next.
“I’m going to take part in my victory before I start thinking about other men,” he said. His co-promoters Bob Arum and Frank Warren were equally wary of talking too much.
There are multiple options for Fury. He could have an undisputed fight with Alexander Usik or wait to see how he reunites with WBO, WBA (Super) and IBF champion Anthony Joshua.
There is also the issue of the WBC Challenger with fellow Britain Dillian White later this month. If consolidation cannot be arranged, WBC will be instructed to fight directly with the winner of that meeting.
A compulsory defense could probably be Fury’s next fight.
British fans would love to see why To-to-To go with the merry-go-round, but Bodiesnatcher had to overtake Wallin first and had to suffer the same loss as Alexander Povatkin before last year.
Three years have passed since the Fury battle on home soil, but its US promoter top rank will surely agree to a fight with White in the UK early next year. If Wallin wins, matchroom boss Eddie Horn has confirmed that there is a reunion clause for White – which will complicate matters further.
Warren said before the fight he expected Fury’s next fight would be a homecoming.
“I don’t know what,” he told BBC Sport after the win [the WBC] Going to do but not in a hurry because he needs some time now and we will do what he wants to do. “
It was Joshua’s catchphrase, but it’s the only thing we know for sure that if that elusive undisputed fight happened, it would be half furious.
Fury’s team has already expressed the idea of removing Joshua, but the British heavyweight has flatly rejected the offer. Joshua has re-activated the match clause And as much as people will be desperate to see Fury give him a chance to hold all the belts, this is unlikely to be the next step.
“Maybe we can win that fight,” Warren said of Usik vs. Joshua II.
“Autumn, maybe this year next year. They’re talking about fighting this sometime in March, so they’ll need it six months later, so when it happens.
“It would be an ideal world for Anthony Joshua so there is no rematch so we can go straight into it.”
Tim Fury may like Joshua to step down, but if he returns to become a three-time world champion, the all-British fight with Fury will begin again.
While Fury is open about his next move, serious questions will be asked about Wilder’s future. No doubt the American will see his bitter opponent twice in one round – four times in three fights – and still lose and end up devastated.
Wilder’s strength was as brilliant as in the first battle, but again it was equal to the Fury Challenge.
“I tried my best, but it wasn’t good enough,” Wilder said. “I’m not sure what happened. I know she did some work in training, and I also knew she didn’t come to be a ballet dancer at 277. She came to rely on me, tried to make me rough. And she succeeded.”
After such a one-sided defeat 20 months ago, Wilder had to rebuild his confidence. This confidence was shattered by being built on bizarre excuses and surely said that Fury had become bolder after giving another knockout.
Until Fury Wilder came along he had a perfect record in 40 fights and appeared endlessly.
“I’ve always said I’m the best in the world and he’s the second best,” Fury said in the ring after the fight.
As many would agree with Fury, Wilder showed in the third fight that he is capable of coordination. It remains to be seen, however, whether the generally overconfident Wilder could be number two.
He reigned five years as WBC champion and while Fury is active he doesn’t seem to be able to regain that belt, there are plenty of fights for Wilder.
The heavyweight landscape could change in a second and expose Usik’s victory over Joshua. It was a balanced task for Joshua to hold the three heavy titles in his hands and it is unthinkable that if he could not win them and arrange an undisputed fight, the belts could spread across the division.
But in October Wilder turns 36 years old. He has now taken serious punishment in back-to-back fights, suffering two knockouts. Is retirement a wise thing to do? Despite Fury’s tensions, Wilder’s legacy is not shattered. He had twice been close to someone he could have imagined killing Fury. There came a dangerous, unique puncture that many would consider the best of the era.
Until Wilder speaks, Fury is the last word to his opponent.
He told BBC Sport: “It was a great trilogy and for the trilogy you need a good dance partner and he was a good dance partner but there is no rematch clause, it’s done.”