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Forget Anthony Joshua or Dillian Whyte – Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk is THE fight for the heavyweight division as AJ rediscovers the killer instinct


Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder once again fanned the flames of the heavyweight division with their scintillating trilogy fight igniting from the first bell.

Five knockdowns in just over 31 minutes kept WBC and Ring Magazine headlines staying with the “Gypsy King” as he delivered another Las Vegas classic.

Fury claimed victory in one of the most entertaining fights in history
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In the space of a decade, the division has grown from a stagnant wasteland dominated by the omnipotent Klitschko brothers to a thriving fairground of figures scattered around the world.

Anthony Joshua suffered the ignominy of being taken to school by stylish southpaw Usyk just a fortnight ago in his own backyard as he lost his WBO, WBA and IBF world titles.

The supporting cast in this thrilling ensemble are by no means second-rate, but Dillian Whyte, Andy Ruiz Jr and Joseph Parker remain in pursuit of global fame.

So what will happen next in the heavyweight division, and what should will it happen next?

Forget Anthony Joshua or Dillian Whyte – Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk is THE fight for the heavyweight division as AJ rediscovers the killer instinct
Joshua was beaten well by Usyk, but will face him again in a rematch
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who will who to fight next?

After the embarrassment of a 12-round boxing lesson by the much slimmer and more flexible Usyk, Joshua will fight with the Ukrainian again in 2022 in the hopes of reclaiming his belts and becoming a three-time world champion.

Matchroom chairman Eddie Hearn during the broadcast of Liam Smith’s win over Anthony Fowler on Saturday night said the rematch clause has been triggered and talks will begin later this month.

Alexander Krassyuk, who represents the new heavyweight king, is currently on vacation and dates around March or April are announced.

As mentioned above, British contender Whyte is also in action later this month against Otto Wallin at 02 Arena, with his WBC No.1 status on the line again.

Forget Anthony Joshua or Dillian Whyte – Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk is THE fight for the heavyweight division as AJ rediscovers the killer instinct
Whyte has the WBC “interim” belt and will put it on the line against Otto Wallin at the end of the month
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Provided the ‘Bodysnatcher’ can win against the Swede, he will only strengthen his position as Fury’s mandatory challenger.

President Mauricio Sulaiman made it clear that both of these fights were in fact semi-finals, with the possibility that Fury might not fight Whyte in an all-British showdown.

For Wilder, the question of what he wants to do next is most relevant after a valiant display at Sin City. The heart shown by the “Bronze Bomber” to keep fighting despite the bombardments he suffered was inspiring.

Still, a battle like this will take its toll and there’s no doubt the 35-year-old left a part of himself in the T-Mobile Arena ring on Saturday night.

Forget Anthony Joshua or Dillian Whyte – Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk is THE fight for the heavyweight division as AJ rediscovers the killer instinct
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ will undoubtedly have to recover from his epic with Fury
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The aforementioned Ruiz Jr openly welcomed the possibility of testing himself against the Alabama slammer and the pair are both signed with PBC.

There is also the option of waiting to see who wins between Joshua and Usyk. Should the Briton fail to right the wrongs of his loss at Tottenham, fans may finally be entitled to a heavyweight slugfest that threatened to emerge in 2018, but never managed to ignite.

As for former WBO heavyweight champion Parker, he faces Derek Chisora ​​in a rematch on December 18 in Manchester.

Fans were almost treated to an undisputed clash between Joshua and Fury in 2021, but boxing is set to deliver on the bigger stage over the next 12 months.

Forget Anthony Joshua or Dillian Whyte – Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk is THE fight for the heavyweight division as AJ rediscovers the killer instinct
Chisora ​​set to face Joseph Parker on December 18
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What should will it happen next in the division?

In an ideal world, Fury and Usyk would fight alongside each other to crown an Undisputed Champion – no questions asked.

The fans were indeed treated to two semi-finals; Joshua against Usyk then Fury against Wilder. What is the need to see the London 2012 gold medalists fight so close again?

Imagine Manchester City invoking a rematch clause with Chelsea because Pep Guardiola took the wrong tactics for the Champions League final. Incredulous, is not it?

That’s basically what will happen early next year when Joshua and Usyk fight again. Hearn and the AJ team want the belts back instantly because the Briton was too hesitant.

Forget Anthony Joshua or Dillian Whyte – Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk is THE fight for the heavyweight division as AJ rediscovers the killer instinct
Hearn has now activated the rematch clause
Ian Walton / game room

On that note, it’s worth wondering if an immediate rematch is even the appropriate option for Joshua. Although the 31-year-old admitted in the post-fight press conference that he knows what changes he needs to make, it remains to be seen if he can make it in such a short team spell.

His trainer, Rob McCracken, has come under scrutiny for deciding to stick to a game plan formulated to try to get the boxer out, despite his superior physical attributes. One of the oldest adages in boxing is that you are fighting a boxer.

Fury’s father John told talkSPORT he felt AJ had lost his advantage in the fight, something that wore off after the war with Wladimir Klitschko in 2017. Indeed, since then that night he only arrested Carlos Takam, Alexander Povetkin and Kubrat Pulev.

Instead, the British box-fighter must return to the destroyer fans fell in love with before this Wembley masterpiece in 2017. Who better to salvage that than former nemesis Dillian Whyte?

Forget Anthony Joshua or Dillian Whyte – Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk is THE fight for the heavyweight division as AJ rediscovers the killer instinct
Their fight overflowed with punches after the bell in the first round
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The pair enjoyed a heated rivalry which came to a head in 2015 when they met for the UK heavyweight title at 02 Arena. A back-and-forth encounter, Joshua finally got the late arrival with a devastating uppercut.

If Usyk and Fury were to fight instead, surely the winner would have to face the winner of Whyte vs Joshua?

Those who will protest Whyte’s wait for a world title are justified, he has been forced to bide his time. Still, the Brixton native turned down a £ 5million guarantee to fight Joshua in April 2019, only to lose his shot when he was knocked out by Povetkin just over 12 months later.

And if injustice is the argument for Whyte to have his shot, what about Fury – doesn’t the 33-year-old deserve the chance to fight for all the marbles? Her story is truly inspiring and is the final chapter of the perfect fairy tale.

Forget Anthony Joshua or Dillian Whyte – Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk is THE fight for the heavyweight division as AJ rediscovers the killer instinct
Fury is the WBC Heavyweight Champion and Ring Magazine
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After climbing off his couch to reclaim the heavyweight title, the “Gypsy King” has the opportunity to define his legacy as the greatest of this era by collecting the last three trinkets.

Would an all-British affair with Whyte provide so much genuine excitement for Fury or the occasional fan? The Briton also has a fight remaining on his $ 80million Top Rank contract with ESPN, meaning an emotional comeback may well be on the ice.

Of course, this division of the Blue Ribbon’s best-worked plans can go up in smoke just as quickly as they started. Still, fans deserve to see the best really beat the best.

After all, heavyweight boxing couldn’t be hotter right now after a fortnight of sparkling action.

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