Where does Tyson Fury’s win leave the world heavyweight scene?
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WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight world champion Tyson Fury laid out his ideal hit-list before his epic trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder, meaning we already have a clear idea of where his career could be heading next. The Gypsy King brought the curtain down on his bitter rivalry with the Bronze Bomber in style when he finished Wilder once and for all with a brutal 11th-round stoppage of the Alabaman.
There has already been plenty of speculation regarding who Fury could fight next but the Gypsy King himself has already revealed his ideal five-fight plan, which included beating Wilder.
Back in September, Fury revealed he wanted to return to action in December and named Dillian Whyte as his preferred opponent.
“I’m going to destroy Wilder in (October), and then I’m gonna take a fight in December because of all the inactivity. I don’t think the Joshua fight’s gonna happen in December,” Fury said.
“So here’s what me bucket list is. I’m gonna fight Wilder on October 9th, I’ll fight Dillian Whyte back in the UK for the first time in years at a stadium up in the north, Manchester or something in December. Let’s get a date in December.
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“I’ll shut that bum right up, that’ll be an easy one.”
Whyte, who has been patiently awaiting his shot at the green strap as mandatory challenger, will now finally get his golden chance permitting he beats Otto Wallin at the O2 Arena later this month.
Fury and ‘the Body Snatcher’ have had plenty of back and fourths on social media in recent times but now they could finally get the chance to settle the score in the ring.
The Gypsy King, who was speaking before Anthony Joshua’s defeat against Oleksandr Usyk at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, was also eyeing the all-British mega-fight with AJ but attentions are now expected to turn to the Ukrainian if he successfully defends his belts in the rematch.
He added at the time: “Then I’ll fight Joshua in March in Saudi Arabia, let’s do it, and then we can have a rematch in the summer back here at Wembley.
“And then I’ll go out in me last fight, that’ll be about, however long, two years, and I’ll fight Derek Chisora. That’s five fights, yeah?
“And then I’ll take two years out of the ring, just going absolutely nuts again, and I’ll come back at 37 and wipe the floor with whoever’s next. Because it’ll take two years to build someone up.”
Meanwhile, Whyte has urged the WBC to force Fury’s position and give him no choice but to fight the Body Snatcher, permitting he defeats Wallin.
Fury’s father John has claimed his son should only be interested in the undisputed clash with Usyk, encouraging him to snub Whyte of his opportunity.
“Fury has the belt. Wilder had the chance to fight me for three years but didn’t,” Whyte told Sky Sports News.
“Hopefully now the WBC forces my position and Fury has no choice.
“It’s a massive British fight, a major fight for Britain. Fury is an unpredictable man who might say: ‘I am done!'”
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