Deontay Wilder has said that he plans to fight the first week of January or maybe even February. Wilder said this on The Last Stand Podcast “You can see me back in the ring sometime in the first week of January”.
Wilder is coming off a loss and with a record of (42-1-1) would love to have another chance to avenge his lone loss against Tyson Fury but is ready to move on. He did have a rematch clause but it has been long expired.
Tyson Fury’s team was waiting for Wilder’s side if they will exercise the rematch clause but never gave a final decision, the duration expired eventually.
Fury then wanted to fight within the year but Wilder’s team pressed a legal charge. The WBC champion was supposed to fight Agit Kabayel on December 5.
Wilder then posted a viral video about Fury should honor the contract. He said a bible verse about a thief. He then made excuses about how he lost, accusing his opponent cheated, the corner had a traitor, and lastly the heavy armor suit.
After all of the viral posts ended, Wilder is trying to move on but won’t give up trying to get the Fury rematch. He said that if the Fury fight won’t happen, then Dillian Whyte is his projected opponent.
In terms of influence, Fury has more than twice the followers of Wilder. That is insane considering Fury has not fought for 2 years. Wilder’s style of fight is also more crowd-friendly thus attracts casual viewers.
Whyte has called out Wilder many times, even called Wilder a coward, after his lone loss. Wilder during that time ignored Whyte, as he was the WBC Champion and focused on Fury. Whyte was the supposed WBC mandatory challenger but Fury was granted the rematch instead.
Prior to his last fight, Whyte only had one loss and it was against the unified heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua. He then went on to beat Derek Chisora twice, and Joseph Parker. He did beat other heavyweights but those are the top names.
Outside the three top heavyweights (Fury, Joshua, and Wilder), Dillian Whyte has the best resume in terms of title shot worthy.
Most might not know this but Whyte is not only an accomplished boxer but also a good kickboxer. He can transition to MMA if he wants but the money is bigger in boxing.
The potential fight of Wilder vs Whyte will excite fans as it will be a classic USA vs the UK. Wilder has never had a boring fight since it almost guarantees a knockout.
It is still a mystery to me that Wilder is not one of the biggest names in boxing. He has all the attributes that will attract casual and hardcore fans.
He is flashy and flamboyant outside the ring and inside the ring, he has the highest knockout ratio in boxing. The mic skills and charisma are also there, so how come Fury who retired for 2 years still a bigger name is a mystery.
Wilder defended the WBC belt many times and for many years but still feel like Anthony Joshua and Canelo are the biggest names in boxing.
In my opinion, he may be underpromoted, maybe if he switches a different promoter it might escalate his stocks.