Deontay Wilder has now confirmed he will be returning to boxing in the near future – wonderful news for the heavyweight division.
The former WBC king will no doubt be aiming for world titles again, and there’s only one champion he would realistically fight – Oleksandr Usyk.
Despite claiming to be retired, Wilder conqueror Tyson Fury is holding his belt for now.
The other three division titles are currently in Usyk’s possession.
This is the most fascinating fight that can be had in the heavyweight division today.
Certainly, there are other opponents for Wilder who could provide bigger paydays and perhaps more action-packed matchups.
A fight with Andy Ruiz Jr could be huge in North America, while an encounter with Dillian Whyte would send shockwaves across the pond to the UK.
And of course, Wilder vs. Anthony Joshua would be huge worldwide and would undoubtedly deliver an in-ring thriller.
However, the clash of styles between Wilder and Usyk makes this the most intriguing hypothetical fight of all.
The pair are poles apart from the American world famed for their one-punch knockout power, while the Ukrainian is famed for his elite boxing ability.
Interestingly, they both made names for themselves at the Olympics.
Wilder won bronze for Team USA at Beijing 2008, while Usyk won gold for Ukraine at London 2012.
In their professional careers, however, they couldn’t have taken more different approaches when winning their biggest fights.
When Wilder became world heavyweight champion by defeating Bermane Stiverne in 2015, he did so via a wide unanimous decision victory.
In truth, it is a simple anomaly on his CV and represents his only points victory to date.
After the Stiverne fight, the Wilder launched a series of destructive stoppage defenses, including knockouts from Artur Szpilka, Dominic Breazeale and Luis Ortiz.
His total record is 42 wins (41 KOs), with two losses and one draw coming from his trilogy with Fury.
The Bronze Bomber’s true boxing ability is arguably underestimated as many have criticized him so harshly over the years, but regardless, no one could ever claim he was an elite technician by any way.
However, an elite technician is exactly the description you might give Usyk.
After clinching Olympic gold, it took just ten fights for the Ukrainian to win his first world heavyweight title, traveling to Poland to impressively dethrone Polish champion 26-0 Krzysztof Glowacki on points. .
Further on, away decision victories over Mairis Briedis (in Latvia) and Murat Gassiev (in Russia) saw Usyk masterfully unite the four world titles as undisputed champions at just 15-0.
Following a destruction from Tony Bellew, he then moved up to heavyweight.
It was in this division that Usyk scored his decisive victory to date, shocking the world as he dispatched a much bigger man to Joshua to claim the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.
Following that performance, heavyweight legend Mike Tyson called the match he most wants to see.
“I think Deontay Wilder should fight Oleksandr Usyk,” Tyson said on the Joe Rogan Podcast.
” It would be good. Wilder, he’s going to be aggressive trying to knock him out.
But what would really happen if the two met?
Could Wilder land a clean right hand on Usyk? And could Usyk then recover if he did?
Could Usyk just dispatch Wilder with ease? Or would Wilder regain the heavyweight crown with a devastating knockout?
Right now, people can guess the answers to these questions, but no one knows for sure.
Hopefully, in the not too distant future, boxing fans can find out.
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