Deontay Wilder is 41-0 (40) he has knocked out every man that has stepped in the ring with him and holds the WBC heavyweight title and he can’t seem to get the fight he wants. Unprecedented for an American heavyweight champion of this magnitude. To go back decades ago and to think Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield or Larry Holmes were unable to make the best fight in the division the fight they desperately wanted would be unthinkable. To think that one of those champions still couldn’t get the fight after making after making every single concession possible and giving in to every demand of the other party, would be a plot stranger than anything the best screenwriters in Hollywood could come up with. However, that is the actual scenario we are faced with currently. Wilder was despite all attempts unable to secure a unification bout WBA/IBF/WBO undefeated heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua. After seemingly being dragged through the mud and giving into every single one of Eddie Hearns demands, Hearn was just kidding about putting AJ in the ring with the Bronze Bomber. So without his mega fight were can Wilder go from here, without an AJ fight in the foreseeable future where can Wilder go for a legacy-making fight and payday.
5) Luis Ortiz- Their first fight in March of this year was instant classic type of stuff. After a slow start which we scored all of the first four rounds for King Kong, the going got good, it got really good, fight of the year type of stuff. Ortiz almost becomes the first Cuban heavyweight champ nearly stopping Wilder in the seventh round, in a fight that many thought perhaps should have been stopped and thought Wilder was given the benefit off the doubt with an extended break after being examined after the round by the ringside physician. Wilder came back a few rounds later and stopped Ortiz in the 10th round of a fight that we had the Cuban challenger ahead in. Ortiz thinks he deserves a rematch and he has a good case. The first fight produced fireworks a large crowd and great TV ratings a rematch, one would think, would do even better. The fight also produced the biggest payday Wilder has ever received for any fight.
4) Hughie Fury – The 6’6 Britsih heavyweight titleholder has had one shot at a world heavyweight title. A shot against then WBO champ Joseph Parker. Fury accounted for himself quite nicely dominating and winning nine rounds on our scorecard breezing to an easy and clear-cut decision victory until the judges stepped in and robbed Fury blind awarding the completely bogus decision to Parker a decision that was in contention for the robbery of the year. Two of the judges scored 10 rounds for Parker that is inconceivably bad. Promoter Mick Hennessy said he would appeal the travesty of the decision. WBO supervisor John Duggan backed the decision to have Parker as the winner. He made it clear that the result would not be investigated. Fury destroyed Sam Sexton in his last fight to capture the British title. Fury deserves a real shot at a heavyweight strap. A fight with Wilder would be a big deal it would show off Wilder for a possible megafight with the other Fury and it gives Hughie Fury what he deserves another shot at the heavyweight crown.
3) Jarrell Big Baby Miller- The Brooklyn native desires to follow in a long line of Brooklyn Heavyweight champs such as Mike Tyson and Riddick Bowe. Miller is the sleeper in the division and is somewhat of a marvel the 300+pounder posses world class speed and skill. At 300+ pounds he isn’t fat, he is just built freakishly big and strong, with his hand speed and skill set combined with his natural size, Miller is a big threat to anyone in the division. He has put together a really impressive run over a nine-month period putting together dominating victories over Gerald Washington, Mariusz Wach, and Johann Duhaupas. Three names that have perhaps earned him a world title shot on merit alone. Combine that with his high drawing power in his hometown of Brooklyn with Wilders proven ability to sell in Brooklyn makes this all-American showdown a win for the fans and a financial victory for both fighters.
2) Undisputed Cruiserweight Champion- The Cruiserweight tournament is set to conclude three weeks from now with an undisputed unification bout between Oleksandr Usyk and Murat Gassiev will producing an undisputed cruiserweight champion for the first time in decades. After unifying at cruiser there is only one logical direction to go and that’s the heavyweight division. We believe if they choose to go up to heavyweight both Usyk and Gassiev can capture heavyweight gold. Usyk is a massively large cruiser and is a bit of a wonder how Usyk shrinks down to the 200-pound weight limit. Wilder weighed 214 for his last fight and we really wonder if Wilder met up with Usyk who would have the weight advantage. As well as being tremendously large for the weight Usyk is tremendously skilled and has all the tools to outbox any current heavyweight. The 24-year old Gassiev has been an on impressive run knocking out the favorite Cuban Dorticos the win is in the running for both fighter of the year and upset of the year. Prior to that, he defeated Polish cruiserweight Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in the first round of the WBSS tournament. He also has wins over Dennis Lebedev and a first-round destruction of Jordan Shimmell. A very impressive resume for the 24-year-old who at such a young age and standing at 6’4 has plenty of time to grow into a full grown heavyweight. with youth on his side, he has the ability to wait out wilder and Tyson Fury as he is six and eight years younger than those guys and seize control of the heavyweight division after those guys are past their primes 5 years or so down the road.
1) Tyson Fury- The Gypsy King said to have Wilder’s bosses send over the contract (the one sent to AJ) and he would sign it, in 10 seconds take a picture of it and upload it to Instagram. Fury has never been known to duck anyone if he is back in 2015 form he has the most skills in the division. He is a massively huge draw and we saw him sell out an arena and put up solid PPV numbers in a fight against the second best Albanian cruiserweight. He can sell against anyone. Fury is still about 20-30 pounds above his best weight but looks to be determined again. If he can regain his form of old, the heavyweight division is a legitimate three dog race. In all seriousness, Wilder could make more money at least as much as he did for the AJ fight. Both Fury and Wilder’s gift of gab, they could really sell this fight. Wilder the WBC champ could demand a more favorable split against Fury who has no titles at this time then he did with AJ whom Wilder was seemingly willing to concede everything. If this fight has a $40-50 million pot Wilder certainly has a reasonable claim to a 50/50 split. Something he couldn’t demand from AJ and expect to make the fight. He has more negotiating room with Fury than with Joshua and could cash in on that.