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Odds Say Wilder vs Fury Winner’s Next Opponent Is Anthony Joshua

Dylan Bowker

by Dylan Bowker in Boxing

Updated Mar 30, 2021 · 12:51 PM PDT

Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury
Tyson Fury, left, of England, fights Deontay Wilder during a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken, File)
  • The opponent to face winner of Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury a hot topic in the boxing world
  • Will a long-awaited, undisputed heavyweight title unification bout finally come to fruition?
  • Check out the odds  and my prediction below for the Wilder vs Fury winner’s next adversary

Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury winner’s next opponent: who will fill that coveted spot?

With that kind of position comes not just a big paycheque in a blockbuster pay-per-view fight, but to be able to unify the heavyweight division and truly lay claim to being the undisputed champion and put the debates on who is the best to rest.

Anthony Joshua, Wilder, and Fury comprise a three-headed dragon with each having a viable case for calling oneself the world’s greatest heavyweight. By the end of the year, the dust could likely settle on that matter and clear some things up once and for all.

Wilder vs Fury Winner’s Next Opponent Odds

Fighter Odds
Anthony Joshua +150
Andy Ruiz Jr +175
Dillian Whyte +200
Oleksandr Usyk +250
Luis Ortiz +500
Joseph Parker +700
Alexander Povetkin +900
Michael Hunter +1000

Odds taken Feb. 21

Luis Ortiz isn’t likely to get a crack at the winner of Wilder vs Fury any time soon. His two losses to Wilder are still fresh in everyone’s mind, especially the second fight. Considering it was Ortiz’s last outing and the emphatic nature of the second stoppage loss, I think Ortiz is in a position to put together a couple of wins, then perhaps he can get back in that upper echelon heavyweight hunt.

In fact, there are even rumblings of Ortiz fighting Andy Ruiz Jr next. This would obviously eliminate a couple of contenders from the Wilder vs Fury winner’s next opponent sweepstakes.

Much has been made of Oleksandr Usyk and the world of potential that he has. I just think he’s at a point in his development where he likely won’t get someone like a Wilder or Fury. Not to say that his skills aren’t there but Usyk needs to bolster his brand a bit more and create an even bigger profile in the boxing world.

On an athletic meritocracy level, Dillian Whyte makes a lot of sense. He has been the mandatory challenger for Wilder’s WBC crown for more than two years now. I think they’ll continue to play the waiting game with Whyte and keep him firmly affixed in that long-held position in the queue. At least for now.

Undisputed Heavyweight Supremacy

I think the initial loss to Ruiz Jr will inspire Joshua to fight the winner of Wilder vs Fury. Joshua was able to get one back in the rematch and even up the series with Ruiz Jr. It’s the perfect set of circumstances where Joshua has regained some championship allure but is also in a bit of a fight or flight kind of period. The initial loss to Ruiz Jr had to have shaken Joshua’s handlers who have booked him in a careful, calculated fashion over the last few years.

Joshua’s thoughts on how the story of Wilder vs Fury II will unfurl pretty closely reflect my own thoughts on Wilder vs Fury II.

This managerial game of waiting as long as possible to bolster a big buy rate is likely coming to an end. There’s more of a pronounced focus on striking while the iron’s hot. I said it on the night of the upset but I think that Ruiz Jr’s victory over Joshua was the perfect happening to ensure AJ would finally fight either Fury or Wilder. I think they finally pull the trigger on Anthony Joshua becoming the Wilder vs Fury winner’s next opponent.

Pick: Anthony Joshua (+150)

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