It seems that Wilder’s chance to avenge his loss against Tyson Fury may not happen soon as his rematch clause has expired. Another factor would be that Fury’s and Joshua’s promoter’s are looking to make a super fight for the UNDISPUTED Heavyweight Champion.
That means Wilder may need to look for another potential opponent in the meantime. Wilder is still ranked the number 3 heavyweight in the world behind Fury and Joshua so his name is still as big as they come. He only has one loss in his professional record and it was against the lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury.
So who should Wilder fight next in order to get back in the winning column. It would certainly make sense that he would fight a top heavyweight contender so that he can be in the title contention soon. Two top heavyweights are not on the list which are Oleksander Usyk and Joe Joyce since both are likely to fight each other for the WBO interim and mandatory challenger.
4. Andy Ruiz (33-2)
Former unified heavyweight champion, Andy Ruiz is probably the biggest name he could face in the division. After his embarrassing loss to the Joshua rematch where he came to the fight out of shape, he switch camps and is now training under Eddie Reynoso. Ruiz is scheduled to face Chris Arreola on 24 April. We might see a different version of Ruiz.
Ruiz is known for landing one of the biggest upset win against Anthony Joshua. By beating Joshua, Ruiz became the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight champion. He is also the first male of Mexican heritage to become a heavyweight champion. This is certainly one of the biggest names Wilder could fight that is not either Joshua or Fury.
3. Joseph Parker (28-2)
Another underrated heavyweight boxer, Joseph Parker is a great heavyweight that Wilder could face. Parker who was the former WBO champion only has two pro losses on his resume and it was against Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte.
Parker is also one of the fighters that Tyson Fury has tremendous respect mainly because Parker won the belt the hard way. He did not have any shortcuts to get the belt. Parker also has a win over Andy Ruiz and is coming off an impressive win against Junior Fa.
2. Alexander Povetkin (36-2-1)
The Russian Boxer, who is currently the WBC Interim heavyweight champion. He just landed one of the most jaw dropping knockouts of 2020 against Dillian Whyte. In the fight, he was knocked down twice but came back with a viscous uppercut that put Whyte to sleep.
Povetkin may be old but he can still figth. He is currently scheduled to face Dillian Whyte for a rematch. The fight was delayed due to Povetkin testing positive for COVID, but as of now the fight will take place on Gibraltar for 27 March. The winner will likely be the WBC Mandatory challenger.
1. Dillian Whyte (27-2)
The boxer that has been calling out Wilder for quite a while. The build up alone will sell the fight, that is just how the fans are looking forward to it. Both boxers are outspoken so their trash talk would attract a lot of viewers. Although Whyte needs to focus on the Povetkin fight first, he is still the betting favorite but should not look past his opponent.
Whyte was the WBC mandatory challenger so that means he should have faced Wilder but due to WBC giving way for the Wilder-Fury rematch he had to wait it out. He then faced Povetkin where was knocked out. He has a rematch clause where he used to retake his interim belt. Wilder also expressed interest in fighting Whyte. If Whyte wins, a fight with Wilder is a huge fight to make as well.