This weekend sees Deontay Wilder return to the ring for the first time since an enthralling draw with Tyson Fury last December, as he once again heads out to defend his WBC world heavyweight title by taking on fellow American, Dominic Breazeale.
The bout last December with Fury ended in an incredible draw, but many saw Fury as the better of the two, leading for calls for a rematch.
A rematch is certainly on the cards for the pair, but first Wilder must overcome this challenge against Breazeale in Brooklyn on Sunday.
However, many felt Wilder should be fighting Dillian Whyte as his mandatory opponent as the Body Snatcher has been ranked No.1 by the WBC for over 500 days.
Like many others, Frank Warren appears to feel the same.
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In a column for The Metro, Warren wrote: “I feel for Whyte, he’s put all his eggs in Eddie Hearn’s basket and he’s not delivered for him. I can’t see Whyte beating Tyson or Wilder, but I give him a chance against Joshua.
“Whyte is also a great fight for Tyson. He isn’t a big, big puncher and doesn’t have a hope of out-boxing Tyson. But, I’m not wholly sold on that fight at the moment.”
Warren’s remarks will be sure to get a reaction from Whyte’s camp, as they look for a match-up with one of Joshua, Wilder or Fury in the near future.
Despite Whyte disappointingly not coming into contention to face Wilder right now, there is the potential for the match-up later this year, but first he will risk his chance of a world title shot by taking on the undefeated Oscar Rivas this summer.
The heavyweight is in line to challenge Wilder later this year and should all go well, also harbours hopes of a rematch with Anthony Joshua.
Warren, while discussing this weekend’s fight in Brooklyn clearly had one eye on the future, saying “I expect Deontay Wilder to win this weekend. We don’t want anything happening that might jeopardise the rematch with Tyson Fury.”
Indeed it would appear the battle this weekend will give us a greater insight into what is to come later this year and in 2020, and Whyte will surely want to be a big part of the picture.
Warren gave a telling glimpse of his team’s plans for the near future, adding: “Our plan with Tyson is to rematch Wilder and fight Anthony Joshua in the next 12 months. We’ll build the Tyson brand in the States and if we do that right, we can make those fights happen.
“We’ve resurrected Tyson here and once we repeat that Stateside, we can then deliver those fights. What are the chances of Wilder and Tyson fighting by early 2020? 100 per cent. The Joshua fight? The other side have to see sense, but I think they will.”
All boxing fans want to see these match-ups as soon as possible, and it would appear these latest comments show behind the scenes there is still a desire to make them happen.