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Deontay Wilder: Next fight options after KO loss

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Last night, Tyson Fury manhandled Deontay Wilder, stopping him in the 7th Round to win the RING Magazine and WBC Heavyweight titles.

It was quite a shocker as consensus told us Fury would have had to outbox Wilder en route to a decision win; and that if the bout ended in a KO it would most certainly be Deontay stopping Tyson.

But Fury took the fight to Wilder, who is regarded as one of the most devastating punchers in heavyweight history. He beat Deontay on the inside, at mid-range and on the outside and ultimately bullied the champ for seven rounds.

Will there be Fury vs Wilder 3?

Deontay Wilder: Next fight options

Apparently, there's a clause in the Wilder vs Fury 2 contract stating the loser is entitled to an immediate rematch. In fact, the idea of a Fury-Wilder trilogy has been bantered since Tyson and Deontay drew with each other in December 2018.

Team Wilder should not accept an immediate third fight. Period.

He can't outbox nor outbrawl Fury at this moment, and can't figure out how to generate any offense against the 6'9" Brit.

In fact, some say Wilder has clearly won just 2 of the 19 rounds they've fought, insisting the rest were either won by Fury or could have gone either way.

As for the only rounds they say Deontay clearly won, critics are referring to Rounds 7 and 12 of Fury vs Wilder 1 when Deontay scored a knockdown in each stanza.

Unless Team Wilder can quickly - and dramatically - alter it's game plan for Fury, an immediate rematch shouldn't even be considered. And even if they somehow devised a brilliant new strategy, it would be unwise to throw him in with Fury, again, right away. Wilder was beaten up physically and is probably psychologically battered as well.

Given Wilder's ring accomplishments and the fact he's tasted defeat only once, he deserves a third fight with Fury but it shouldn't happen next. 

Deontay Wilder's confidence and swagger play a large role in his success inside the ring and both were undoubtedly shaken last night. Team Wilder should look to rebuild his confidence and bring back the arrogance and in-ring devastation that's so much of his game.

So, who should Deontay Wilder fight next?

Definitely not Fury nor Anthony Joshua, the WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion.

Nevertheless, it would be to his advantage to have him face a tall fighter whose style is as similar as possible to Tyson's but wouldn't represent a big KO threat.

Deontay Wilder's next fight options should be:

Hughie Fury 23-3, 13 KO

  • Cousin of Tyson Fury; Revenge factor would generate a lot of interest; Wilder vs Hughie in UK would be a box office smash

  • Has never been stopped inside the distance

  • Slippery, hard-to-figure-out style

  • Not a big KO threat but can make superior opponents look bad

  • A Wilder KO of Hughie, if Wilder is able to do it, would be a nice confidence-builder for Deontay and would only add to the storyline of a potential third fight with Tyson

Otto Wallin 20-1, 13 KO

  • Only loss is to Tyson Fury, Sep 2019, in a bout where he proved very competitive and badly cut Fury's eye

  • With a KO of Wallin, if Wilder can do it, the latter would have done something Tyson failed to do, and would subsequently help restore some of Wilder's swagger

  • Ranked 61 by BoxRec but should be in the top 30

  • *Most dangerous on this list of Deontay Wilder next fight options*

Christian Hammer 25-6, 15 KO

  • Ranked No. 18 by BoxRec

  • Durable; Went the distance with Luis Ortiz and Alexander Povetkin

  • Doesn't have the speed, skills or power to threaten Wilder

  • Should Deontay KO the veteran Hammer, it may help the former champ get his grove back.

David Price 25-7, 20 KO

  • 6'8" British heavyweight; Comparable in size to Fury

  • Punches hard but has defensive flaws and is vulnerable to big punchers

  • All 5 losses have come via KO

  • Wilder vs Price in the UK would be an easy sell

  • No. 23 by BoxRec

Efe Ajagba 12-0, 10 KO

  • Undefeated 6'6" Nigerian with 83 percent KO ratio would be a good selling point

  • Participated in the 2016 Olympics as a Super Heavyweight

  • Seemingly too green to threaten Wilder at this moment

  • Ranked No 22 by BoxRec

Carlos Takam 37-5-1; 28 KO

  • Tough and gritty journeyman who'll make a superior opponent 'earn in' the ring

  • A Wilder KO of Takam would surely serve as a confidence boost

  • Ranked No. 26 by BoxRec

 

Mariusz Wach 35-6, 19 KO

  • Comparable in size to Fury

  • Performed well in recent UD loss to Dillian Whyte

  • 40 and past his prime but can still give top fighters a good test

  • Ranked No 30 by BoxRec

Robert Helenius 29-3, 18 KO

  • 6'6" heavyweight who has shared the ring with some big names

  • Vulnerable to big punchers

  • Ranked No 34 by BoxRec

Joey Dawejko 20-7-4, 11 KO

  • Philadelphia bred

  • Tough; KO'd only once in 31 fights

  • Rumored to have KO'd Anthony Joshua in sparring leading up to Joshua vs Ruiz I in June 2019

  • Ranked No 49 by BoxRec

Sergey Kuzmin 15-1, 11 KO

  • Went 14-0 before losing a UD to Michael Hunter in 2019

  • Boasts wins over David Price and Joey Dawejko

  • Ranked No 3 by BoxRec

Who do you think Deontay Wilder should fight next?

 
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