Baddest Man On the Planet

The heavyweight boxing division has been on fire recently. Every so often, the heavyweight division spawns a new boxing superstar.  Often dubbed “Baddest Man On the Planet”, the unified heavyweight champion has been one of the most coveted sports accolades.

From Mohammad Ali to Mike Tyson, a heavyweight will usually dominate in his era.  However, in the current boxing era we’re witnessing, there are 3 main heavyweight contenders battling it out to unify the belts. Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua form this triad.

Anthony Joshua’s most recent win against Andy Ruiz last week, to reclaim his IBF, WBA and WBO titles, squashed any past doubts about his credibility.  Anthony Joshua’s brilliant use of smart outside footwork combined with slick jabs nullified Ruiz’s plan to keep the belts.

However, what remains to be seen is the much anticipated fight between America’s Deontay Wilder who currently holds the WBC title and remains undefeated.  It seems that both sides of management have been coy about the possibility of the two fighting each other. Speaking with BBC, Joshua said “I feel like it’s ‘Lord of the Rings’, the last ring, let’s get it on, let’s make history,”. Moreover, Joshua went on to say “It has to happen in 2020, we’re in the same division, same era, if these guys want to make history, especially Wilder because he has the last belt.

Despite the back and forth between Wilder and Joshua, we can’t forget about Tyson Fury who is scheduled for a rematch with the American heavyweight on February 22nd, most likely at the MGM in Las Vegas.  In order for Joshua to even have a chance at cementing his status as the undisputed heavyweight and claiming all the belts, Wilder must beat Fury.

The last time the two met back in 2018, resulted in a split decision draw.  Fury was coming off a 3-year hiatus but never looked better, as he displayed his brilliant footwork and timing.  Although Tyson was outpointing the Bronze Bomber, all it takes is one. Seemingly out of nowhere, Deontay landed an explosive right hand followed by a hook that dropped the Gypsy King in the 12th.  After what looked like a clean KO victory for Wilder, Fury stood up like he was revived from the dead which ended the fight.

After 1 year, the two will duke it out yet again.  What changes this time from the last is the preparation Fury now has.  The Gypsy King was adamant claiming that “This time, I haven’t been out of the ring for three years. This time, I haven’t been abusing too much alcohol. And this time, I’m going to knock him the f*** out.”

As we’ve seen in the past, a motivated Fury is a scary man.  When he shows up to fight, he puts on a brilliant show of beautiful boxing mixed with his unparalleled showmanship.  But let’s not forget one thing, when Wilder fights, all it takes is one.

It will be interesting to see how the heavyweight division unfolds within the next few months but what can be surely said is that the division has never been more exciting than it is today.

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