Deontay Wilder’s rumored return could take on more significance following the recent news of Tyson Fury.
Last Friday, the day he turned 34order birthday, ‘King Gypsy’ announced his retirement from boxing. The news comes four months after he left the sport after beating Dillian Whyte but earlier this month Fury revealed he will be back for a third fight with Derek Chisora.
Among those wishing the WBC champion a happy retirement is Mauricio Sulaiman. The President of the World Boxing Council wrote on Twitter:
“We fully support his decision, it is anyone’s dream to retire undefeated and become a WBC champion. @WBCBoxing will be preparing a special farewell event soon. “
Just finished a touching video conference with @Tyson_Fury who has officially confirmed his retirement from boxing. We fully support his decision, it is anyone’s dream to retire undefeated and become a WBC world champion.@WBCBoxing Will prepare a special farewell event soon pic.twitter.com/2SgCRILldl
– Mauricio Sulaiman (@wbcmoro) August 12, 2022
And then the news came 24 hours later Fury vacated his beloved RING magazine belt now added to the championship pool on offer this Saturday when Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua meet for the second time.
But what is the prestigious green and gold WBC title? Last weekend Izquieradazo.com reports that the regulator has given Fury until August 26 to confirm his retirement in writing. By that date either Oleksandr Usyk will still hold three of the four world titles or Anthony Joshua will exact his revenge.
If the WBC belt is vacated then former belt holder Deontay Wilder will have his ‘first rejection’ of a title fight according to Daily Star.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ hasn’t been in combat since losing to Fury in their trio fight 10 months ago. The watch battle provided five knockouts and now sees their climax between the sport’s greats.
Since then, Wilder has made a lot of noise about his retirement and rematch. Recent photos show the Americans practicing for their comeback.
– Badou Jack (@BadouJack) August 2, 2022
Speculation has linked the 36-year-old with an October or November return against Robert Helenius. Should Fury give up the title it could hasten official confirmation of Wilder’s return.
Wilder became the WBC champion in January 2015 by beating Bermane Stiverne on points. It was followed by 10 defensive fights, including nine wins plus a draw against Fury, before being stopped by Brit in a second fight over two years ago.
In their current rankings, WBC has Wilder as their number one contender Joe Joyce and Joseph Parker, meet on September 24in second and third place.