Deontay Wilder Favored to Fight Oleksandr Usyk Next

Deontay Wilder Not Retiring

  • Oleksandr Usyk is favored to be Deontay Wilder’s next opponent at +130 via
  • Usyk, however, is expected to face Anthony Joshua in an immediate rematch.
  • Wilder is currently serving a six-month medical suspension handed out by the NSAC after the Fury knockout loss.

Four days after their epic trilogy bout, Deontay Wilder finally congratulated Tyson Fury and with that, signaling the closure of the most heated heavyweight boxing rivalry in years.

Now the two sides have to move on. Fury is likely headed to a mandatory title defense if Dillian Whyte beats Otto Wallin later this month. As for Wilder, the Bronze Bomber has to serve out a six-month medical suspension handed out by the Nevada State Athletic Commission first but after that, he will have plenty of options considering he gave a good account of himself in that losing effort against Fury.

According to online sportsbook, unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk is the odds on favorite to be Wilder’s next opponent at +130. Former unified champion Anthony Joshua is next at +160 while interim WBC heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte is third at +250. Whyte’s October 30 opponent Otto Wallin is currently listed at +300 while former heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz completes the Top 5 at +450.

Usyk-Joshua Rematch in Fall of 2022

With Wilder losing to Fury twice in a row, the next best option for the Bronze Bomber is to fight Usyk who holds the other heavyweight belts. The problem is that Usyk is contractually obligated to face Anthony Joshua in a rematch after AJ activated the rematch clause in their fight contract. Usyk took the belts from Joshua via unanimous decision when the two fought at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London last September 25th.

Joshua is the next name on the odds board so if the oddsmaker is correct, then Wilder will sit out a significant amount of time while waiting for Usyk and Joshua to finish their business. That would not be surprising, given how Wilder was knocked out by Fury in consecutive bouts. He may need time to heal and regroup.

But while the Usyk and Joshua are expected to meet again, there are people close to Anthony Joshua who say that he needs to fight someone else before facing Usyk again. That someone could be Wilder, who was once linked to AJ when he was champion. But if AJ deems Wilder to be too dangerous to risk the Usyk rematch, he could easily handpick another opponent, leaving Wilder open to facing Usyk next.

Whyte Will Become Fury’s Mandatory if He Beats Wallin

Dillian Whyte at +250 presents an interesting option for Wilder because Whyte is also known for his knockout power. Again, there is an issue with Whyte as he is set to face Otto Wallin on October 30th. The WBC has stated that if Whyte beats Wallin, he will become Tyson Fury’s mandatory challenger. That means that if Whyte beats Wallin, he will most likely fight Fury next. Unless of course, Wallin pulls off the upset, which should complicate the picture.

A win by Wallin doesn’t guarantee him a title shot against Fury. So the possibility of Wilder fighting Wallin does exist, whether the German wins or loses against Whye. As for Whyte, he could end up facing Wilder if Wallin beats him. But if Whyte wins, there is no way he will risk a title shot against Fury by taking a fight against the dangerous Wilder first.

Andy Ruiz at +450 is another good option for Wilder. Ruiz is coming off a hard-earned win over the old Chris Arreola and the Destroyer is looking to fight before the end of the year against either Luis Ortiz or Charles Martin, both of whom Wilder knocked out. But if Ruiz wants a real fight and Wilder wants to fight as early as he can, they perhaps they can think about fighting each other in their next bouts.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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