The future of former heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) appears to be messy at the moment and the boxing world is divided between those who consider the Bronze Bomber worthy of a new opportunity in a short time and those who instead invite him to get back in line after his last crushing defeat. Recently, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, President of the WBC, has been added to the ranks of the “sponsors” of the American fighter, convinced that the boxer must still feel part of the top boxing guys.
Deontay Wilder was in possession of the prestigious WBC belt from 2015 to 2020, scoring some of the most spectacular knockouts of recent years before being traumatically dethroned by current holder Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) who defeated him on February 22nd by throwing in the towel in the seventh rounds. The American never digested that defeat (actually the first of his career), so much so that in the months that followed he resorted to an impressive number of accusations, most of the time, pathetic and baseless such as the overly heavy entrance costume, the drugged water, the referee, the betrayal of his second coach Mark Breland.
It was precisely this avalanche of excuses that pushed part of the boxing world to distance itself from Deontay Wilder. However, Mauricio Sulaiman, WBC President, didn’t want to turn his back on his former champion as recently stated to Sky Sports about the possibility that Wilder could return to fight for the title. Mauricio Sulaiman said that Deontay Wilder is still one of the best boxers in the world and he certainly deserves a third match. Given his incredible percentage of KOs and the loyalty to the WBC organization, Sulaiman really hopes that the ongoing mediation between Wilder and Tyson Fury’s teams will resort to a compromise and a third fight will be arranged soon.
The mediation Sulaiman referred to concerns the revenge clause in the contract for the second challenge between Wilder and Fury that recently sparked a dispute between the two teams. According to the Gipsy King team in fact, this clause, which if activated should have made mandatory a third match, had a time limit, exceeded which has lost validity. Argument challenged with decision by the other party who decided to go to court for the third match to be imposed as provided for in the initial agreement.
Further developments are therefore expected and, as usual, we will keep you posted. Certainly, should the Wilder’s legal team fail, the boxer from Tuscaloosa may not have a chance to regain a belt for a long time.
Eddie Hearn, Anthony Joshua‘s promoter, has told Sky Sports in more than one occasion that a fight between the two British champions may happen in 2021 with a potential rematch in 2022, provided that both boxers do not fail to defend their respective titles. As a result, Wilder may have a chance only after 2022 when the dust between Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KOs) and Tyson Fury has settled.