Deontay Wilder has now confirmed that he will return to boxing in the near future – great news for the heavyweight division.
The former WBC king will no doubt be aiming for world titles again, and there is only one champion he would actually be eligible to fight for – Oleksandr Usyk.
Despite claiming he is retired, Wilder’s conqueror Tyson Fury is holding on to his belt for the moment.
The other three titles in the division are currently in Usyk’s possession.
This is the most fascinating fight that can be done in the heavyweight division today.
Admittedly, there are other opponents for Wilder who could provide for higher pay days and possibly more action-packed conflicts.
A fight with Andy Ruiz Jr could be huge in North America, while a meeting with Dillian Whyte would send shockwaves across the pond to Britain.
And of course, Wilder vs Anthony Joshua would be huge worldwide and would definitely deliver a thriller in the ring.
However, the clash of styles between Wilder and Usyk makes this the most interesting hypothetical battle of all.
The pair are polar opponents with the American world famous for their moving one-fist KO, while the Ukrainian is famous for his elite boxing ability.
Interestingly, they both first made their names in the Olympics.
Wilder won bronze for Team USA at Beijing 2008, while Usyk won gold for Ukraine in London 2012.
In their professional careers however, they could not have taken more different approaches while winning their biggest fights.
When Wilder became a heavyweight world champion beating Bermane Stiverne in 2015he did so by a wide unanimous decisive victory.
Admittedly, this is a mere anomaly in his resume and stands so far as his only victory in points.
After the Battle of Stiverne, the Wilder followed a series of destructive stoppage defenses including a culmination of coil knockouts by Artur Szpilka, Dominiko Breazeale and Luis Ortiz.
His overall record is 42 wins (41 KOs), with two defeats and one draw coming from his trilogy with Fury.
The Bronze Bomber’s true boxing ability is probably underestimated as many have criticized him so harshly over the years, but anyway, no one could ever claim him to be an elite technician of any kind.
However, an elite technician is exactly the description you could attribute to Usyk.
After appearing with Olympic gold, the Ukrainian needed only ten fights to win his first world title at cross-country, traveling to Poland to impressively dethrone the 26-0 Polish champion Krzysztof Glowacki in points.
Further decision wins against Mairis Briedis (in Latvia) and Murat Gassiev (in Russia) saw Usyk masterfully unite all four world champions as the undisputed champion at just 15-0.
Following the destruction of Tony Bellew, he then rose to heavy weight.
It was in that division that Usyk claimed his definite victory so far, shocking the world when he outboxed a much bigger man in Joshua to claim the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.
Following that performance, heavyweight legend Mike Tyson claimed the match-up he wants to see the most.
“I think Deontay Wilder should fight Oleksandr Usyk,” Tyson said in Joe Rogan’s podcast.
“It simply came to our notice then. More Wilder, he will be aggressive trying to knock him unconscious. “
But what would actually happen if the two met?
Could Wilder put a clean right hand on Usyk? And would Usyk recover then if he did?
Will Usyk just broadcast Wilder easily? Or would Wilder regain the heavy crown with a devastating KO?
Nowadays people can guess the answers to these questions, but no one knows for sure.
Hopefully, in the not too distant future, boxing fans will be able to find out.
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