Tyson Fury may not have left the Staples Center in Los Angeles with the WBC heavyweight belt but he certainly proved a point on Saturday night.
The Gypsy King went toe-to-toe with Deontay Wilder for 12 rounds and, in the eyes of many, deserved to win the fight.
It was only the two knockdowns that Fury suffered in the ninth and 12th rounds that prevented him from winning the fight.
He was excellent for the rest of the bout, his movement frustrating Wilder while he regularly got through with his own jabs.
We definitely know that Fury can compete with the very best in the division and he figures to play a crucial role as boxing tries to discover who the best heavyweight in the world is in 2019.
Anthony Joshua is the man to beat right now. He currently holds the IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO titles, and has dreams of becoming the undisputed champion next year.
Joshua wasn’t in attendance at the Staples Center but he did watch the fight. And he will have noticed Wilder’s power and Fury’s slick movement.
How Joshua is feeling about Wilder and Fury
But according to Eddie Hearn, Joshua remains convinced that he would beat them both.
“I have spoken to Joshua since Saturday and his position is unchanged - he believes he will stop anyone put in front of him,” Hearn told the Daily Mail.
Hearn continued: “I was very impressed with Fury on Saturday. I had him winning the fight by two rounds.
“But we disagree when people say Joshua isn't the main man in the division anymore and we look forward to him demonstrating it again.”
Hearn explained how the draw between Fury and Wilder makes it easier to organise a fight between the American and Joshua in 2019.
“That has always been the fight we want because he has the last belt,” he added.
“Now, let's say he had beat Fury in two rounds - the negotiation will be a lot harder than after a draw where many think he was lucky to keep his WBC title. That goes in our favour.”
Hearn also mentioned Dillian Whyte or Dereck Chisora as a potential opponent for Joshua on April 13.
Next year promises to be an exciting one for boxing.