WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (41-0-1, 40KOs) absolutely dismantled Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale (20-2, 18KOs) on Saturday night in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. It was devastating first round KO, putting Breazeale flat on his back. Breazeale was his mandatory challenger but was not viewed as much of a challenge for the undefeated champion. Fans want to see him fight the top boxers in the heavyweight division, but who will he choose to fight next?
It’s no secret that fight fans want to see Wilder fight unified and undefeated champ Anthony Joshua (22-0, 21KOs). Both camps have tried to make the fight happen, but negotiations have fallen short multiple times, mainly due to differences over money and split of the purse. Hopefully the fight gets made this year. We should not hold our breath though, as if we have not learned from the past. Most huge blockbuster fights rarely happen when fight fans want them to happen.
With that said, Shelly Finkel, Wilder’s co-manager said that they were considering three boxers for his next fight – here is who:
This would be a rematch between the two heavyweights. Ortiz is now 40 years old and many feel he is past his prime, although he is still dangerous given that he still has crushing power. In their first fight, Luis “King Kong” Ortiz (31-2, 26KOs) had Wilder stunned in the seventh round after clipping him with a counter right hook. Wilder never went down, and showed tremendous heart. Ortiz was about three weeks shy of 39 when he fought Wilder. If you never saw the fight but know trends with age and boxing, then it would not surprise you that Ortiz ran out of gas in the later rounds. In the eighth and ninth rounds, Wilder was able to avoid punishment, hurting Ortiz in the ninth, and finishing him in the tenth. Another fight against the crafty veteran Ortiz could produce some excitement among some fight fans, but it is not the fight people want to see. However, it is the fight that fans will most likely get next. I cannot imagine Ortiz at forty years of age beating any of the top heavyweights, but then again stranger things have happened.
This would be a solid consolation prize for fans if this fight were to be made next. Fury is not Anthony Joshua but he did fight Wilder to a controversial split decision draw back in December of 2018. Many felt that Tyson Fury (27-0-1, 19KOs) won the fight, despite eating a pair of knockdowns late in the fight. That includes being knocked down in the twelfth and final round and barely beating the count. Many felt Fury won at least eight rounds (which would have been a score of 114-112). I personally scored it 115-111 for Fury. At the very least we will be entertained with the lead up to the fight, as we were the first time. Both fighters are very charismatic and not afraid to share their opinions of one another. Wilder will come in looking for the knockout and Fury will look to put on a boxing clinic with his very awkward style. It’s an interesting fight that pits two of the division’s top heavyweights against one another and it will draw a large audience.
A scrap with Anthony Joshua is the blockbuster fight that all boxing fans want to see and have been impatiently waiting for. This is probably the least likely fight to be made next. All of the previous negotiations have been nothing but a circus with many rumors about each fighter and promoter lying to save face. Deontay Wilder wants a 50-50 purse split. Eddie Hearn, who promotes Anthony Joshua feels that his request is out of the question, given that Joshua has the better resume, and three of the four major titles (WBA/IBF/WBO). Joshua also has a better track record as far as ticket sales and PPV buys. He clearly generates more revenue between the two fighters, and it is not close at this point in time. If Wilder is willing to take less and bet on himself, he could be setting himself up for a very lucrative career. “To be the A side, you have to beat the A side.” Now this is all boxing politics and most fight fans do not care about it, but money is what is preventing this fight from happening. There is plenty of it to be made here. Hopefully in the future, if not now, these two fighters and their promoters can agree on terms. Fight fans have seen time and time again fights get “over-marinated” and lose its appeal.