The much-anticipated Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder trilogy now appears to be dead in the water as the two boxers do not appear to be able to come to an agreement.
The pair had been expected to meet each other in the ring for the third time on December 19, 2020, however that fight now appears off and the British boxer has decided he is now ready to look at fighting other challengers.
It is believed the contractual clause to fight each other no longer exists, despite Wilder having the right to a third fight after dropping his belts in the previous contest.
Tyson Fury looking for a new fight
Nonetheless, the ‘Gypsy King’ has now been left looking to find a new opponent and there has been plenty of speculation as to who he should fight in his next contest.
Many have been speaking about the expected fight between him and Anthony Joshua that is scheduled to take place next year – in principle, at least; thus there are calls for him to have a tune-up match rather than fight some of the best.
However, that is unlikely to happen as Fury will want to compete against some of the best the sport has to offer in order to prove to everyone else that he is the champion for a reason.
Oscar Rivas might make the most sense
His American promoter, Bob Arum, has already provided hints on who the British fighter could be going up against in London this December and has suggested that there is a shortlist of five fighters. BetRivers Indiana sports betting users may have already made their own shortlists.
According to Arum, men such as Micheal Hunter – who has recently admitted he would fight Fury for free if he got his shot; Agit Kabayel, Efe Ajagba, Oscar Rivas (below) and Charles Martin are all in the running after a plethora of boxers threw their hat into the ring to face him.
Rivas probably makes the most sense, as the Colombian is rated as one of the best in the current rankings and the highest man eligible to face the champion. The South American has had 27 fights to date and has only lost one in his professional career, having been beaten by Dillian Whyte last year.
The fight could be finalised easily as well, as the pair share a US-based promoter with the ‘Gypsy King’. Both are represented by Top Rank, thus things could be sorted quickly as well.
Otto Wallin wants a rematch
One man the promoter did not mention, though, is Otto Wallin. The Swedish fighter (below, with trainer Joey Gamache) is arguably the toughest opponent that Fury has come up against in recent memory and is famous for leaving the Brit bloodied.
It is widely thought that if his trainer did not manage to produce a miracle in controlling the blood that was flowing down the boxer’s face, he may not have been able to withstand what Wallin was punishing him with throughout that contest. It had also been claimed at the time that if the fight had been fought outside the United States, then it would have likely been stopped with the Scandinavian boxer being crowned the winner.
Wallin is thought to want the rematch but whether Fury wants to revisit that previous meeting remains to be seen. Considering he has continued to try and go up against a fighter he knows in Wilder, perhaps a new face might be what is needed for the ‘Gypsy King’ at this moment in time.