Tyson Fury, Britain And Heavyweight Belts

By Eno Udo


Tyson Fury is now the WBC World Heavyweight Champion after making mincemeat of holder Deontay Wilder in Las Vegas at the weekend.


Many pundits lost their bets as Fury fought furiously from round one to seven where he won a technical knockout.
Their first meeting on December 1, 2018 ended in an enthralling draw.


But in the rematch, Fury boxed gamely from the start and deservedly won. Unfortunately, Wilder put his defeat down to the weight of the dress-in-costume he wore into the ring put at 45kg, claiming it did deaden his legs.


However, there is a clause for a rematch in the contract and Wilder has 30 days from the fight day to invoke it and he is likely to do so.

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What Fury’s victory means is that all the heavyweight belts are now domiciled in Britain, with Anthony Joshua holding the IBF, WBA and WBO titles. Except Wilder calls for a trilogy, then boxing promoters will arrange a unification fight to determine who the undisputed world champion is.


Should that happen anytime soon, then Joshua and Fury will square up in what could aptly be tagged ‘The Battle of Britain’.


But there are indeed obstacles to forestall such a mega bout. Firstly, Joshua may opt to fight Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev who is billed as a mandatory challenger. On the other hand, Fury could be forced to have a trilogy with Wilder. There is also Britain’s Dillian Whyte waiting for years now in the wings. All of these could change the equation.


Until all the permutations play out, Fury can sit back and savour his new title as the WBC World Heavyweight Champion.

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