Deontay Wilder Could Profit From Fury And Usyk’s Failure To Fight
Deontay Wilder could benefit from Tyson Fury’s failure to agree to an undisputed bout with Oleksandr Usyk.
The Fury-Usyk negotiations dominated the headlines for all the wrong reasons. The Gypsy King was called out for having set unrealistic demands, even if the Ukrainian had provisionally agreed to a 70-30 split.
Despite Usyk giving up a lot of leverage, the deal couldn’t be done. That didn’t sit well with the boxing community, as Tim Bradley branded Fury’s actions as a clear case of ‘ducking’ Usyk.
TR crew talking about #FuryUsyk not happening…
Tim Bradley: "Absolutely it's Tyson Fury's fault… He kept moving the goal post, that was the biggest issue…. I believe he ducked Usyk, I don't think he really wants to fight him."
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— FTB VIDS (@anotherFTBacct) March 26, 2023
But one man’s loss is another man’s gain. And none more so than Wilder, who could be ready to step in.
Having lost his WBC title to Fury in back-to-back defeats, the American knows that Usyk offers something that he wants: the chance to get his ‘one face, one name’ dream of being undisputed right back on track.
And yet, Usyk is facing several challenges. He has three mandatory opponents in the pipeline: Daniel Dubois, Joe Joyce and Filip Hrgovic.
But as boxing has shown, the governing bodies can be persuaded, especially if fighters are willing to comply with big step-aside money. With that being said, Wilder has remained coy on a potential Usyk fight.
In his comments, he said: “A lot of people could be next. The great thing about this and the business of boxing is that it’s a worldwide event and nobody is safe.
“With that being said, I want the best of the best and we’ll see what happens when I step in the ring. This is the business of boxing, it’s a very difficult business.”