Wilder: Fights vs. Joshua, Fury & Whyte Will Happen
Three of the best heavyweights in boxing — WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Anthony Joshua, WBC champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury — all will be returning to the ring within the next couple of months, but not in fights against one another.
That being said, Wilder assures fans to not give up on the thought of seeing boxing’s best square off with one another — so long as all three stay at the top of the division. Only once has a match among the three taken place, with Wilder defending against Fury back in December, which ended in a controversial split draw.
“We’re all going to fight each other, that’s just the bottom line,” Wilder said. “As long as all of us at (the top of) the heavyweight division stay winning, these fights are gonna happen.”
Wilder is up first in the upcoming fights list, defending his WBC title against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale on May 18 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Two weeks later, Joshua comes to New York and has his first fight on American soil when he faces Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller at Madison Square Garden.
Then on June 15, Fury has his first fight under a new co-promotional deal with Top Rank, as he takes on Tom Schwarz in a bout that headlines a card in Las Vegas, Nevada.
One man who appears to be on the verge of entering this “top-of-the-division” picture is Dillian Whyte, who has won nine straight since a December 2015 British heavyweight title loss to Joshua. Whyte was in negotiations with Joshua and his team earlier this year, following his knockout of Dereck Chisora, for a potential heavyweight title fight, but those fell through.
Whyte has also been expressing frustration with the WBC for the past year or so over not getting mandatory challenger status. Whyte will attempt to claim such and earn a crack at Wilder’s title — should Wilder be successful in May — when he returns to the ring on July 13 at The O2 Arena in London, England, against an opponent still to be announced.
“I’m open to anything,” Wilder said. “This is what boxing is all about. It’s a strange business…you may have a game plan going forward but you get something that interferes. You get things thrown in that mess up the plans. I know fans may want them at certain orders and want to see them right now. But me and Dillian Whyte — if we keep going the way we are, it’s going to happen.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene