The trilogy between Fury and Wilder was originally scheduled to take place on July 18, and now after the coronavirus pandemic, it is sketched for October 3.
Many observers think that Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO) needs more time to introduce new wrinkles in his game in order to beat Fury.
Thus, the conversations were put forward that Wilder, who fought three times in 10 months before falling against Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO) in February, should perhaps consider taking additional leave for recover, and to train and introduce new tactics to his skill set.
Taking the extra time he might need, Wilder could also collect a nice sum to retire and let Fury fight his fellow British and unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (23-1, 21 KO).
Matchroom Boxing director Eddie Hearn, who promotes Joshua, would love to have an undisputed heavyweight fight without Wilder pictured, but ultimately thinks the Alabamese boxer will not be up to the task.
“It would be embarrassing [for Wilder], but I would like him to step down, “Hearn told IFL. “If you believe in yourself and support yourself, you should never withdraw … if you take money aside, you show terrible weakness because you give someone the opportunity to take what you should feel without getting a chance to win it back. “
“I spoke to Joshua the other night and I said imagine [after losing to Andy Ruiz Jr. and then saying] “They will give you some consideration to withdraw” … how do you think this conversation would have disappeared? Something like “f – right away. [Joshua] says, “There’s not the amount of money you could have given me for not fighting” … if you stray, you say, “I can’t win.” “
Hearn said that if Wilder were to step down, he would get a two-fight deal between Fury and Joshua, and thus further delay Wilder’s reintegration into the heavyweight world.
“You know that Deontay Wilder doesn’t particularly like Anthony Joshua. Deontay Wilder certainly doesn’t like me, “said Hearn. “Shelly Finkel, Al Haymon, they really don’t like [Joshua]. Do you think they would let Joshua have the chance to become the undisputed heavyweight champion? … Knowing Deontay Wilder like me, I cannot imagine in a million years that Deontay Wilder would retire for this fight. He is too proud. “
Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and NFL.com and is currently providing television commentary for combat sports programs broadcast on Fox Sports and hosts his own television program. radio in Los Angeles. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or by email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com.