Newly crowned IBF, IBO, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0) indicated he currently has little interest in squaring off against the WBC champion Deontay Wilder (35-0).
Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday, however, their contract contained an immediate rematch clause. This means even if Fury had wanted the bout with Wilder, or anyone other than Klitschko, it wouldn’t be possible. Not until Fury faces Klitschko again.
Fury was quick to dismiss Wilder, telling FightHype “He’s [Wilder] a basketball player who took up boxing a couple of years ago. I’m a true natural fighter. I’ve been doing it all my life. So, if Deontay Wilder wants a unification fight he is going to have to wait because Wladimir Klitschko has a round-two.”
Whilst Fury’s words may be a bit unfair on Wilder (a WBC heavyweight champion who won also won a Bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic games), they are true. Wilder will have to wait no matter what. Fury cannot have any fights in between his rematch with Klitschko.
Wilder also has a few problems to take care of before he thinks about unification bouts. Vyacheslav Glazkov is one of those problems and Wilder is set to meet the Ukrainian in January as a warm-up bout before meeting problem number two – his WBC mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin.
Should both Wilder and Fury overcome their challengers then a unification bout in late 2016 would seem like the logical next step for both champions.