Opinion | May 17 2019

Don’t expect Deontay Wilder or Anthony Joshua to lose their titles any time soon

In his Snips & Snipes column Eric Armit considers Deontay Wilder, Anthony Joshua and the heavyweight division
Deontay Wilder
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IN the next four weeks will see the three best heavyweights in the world in action. Obviously it is too much to hope for in this day and age for any of them to be fighting each other The good news is that none of them face an opponent who should really threaten their unbeaten record or in the cases of Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder their titles. I can’t see any of the top three going from these fights to a match with one of the others. They will all want one more fight with the plan being for a meeting either Joshua vs. Wilder, or Joshua vs. Fury or Wilder vs. Fury. A return between Wilder and Fury would be big but Joshua vs. Wilder or Fury would be the biggest money-wise. Those plans rely on the sanctioning bodies keeping their heads down as they have done so far. They all want to be part of one of those big fights.

Dillian Whyte has been No 1 with the WBC for 18 months without any effort being made to force Wilder to defend against him. Both WBA interim champion Trevor Bryan and IBF No 1 Kubrat Pulev have been on top for shorter times and if Joshua was looking to make another defence this year neither would pose a big risk. In the end it will came down to money, egos and promoters agreeing money and swallowing egos. I was feeling quite upbeat until I got to that last bit.

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