Barely a week has passed since Tyson Fury bullied Deontay Wilder into a stunning seventh-round stoppage in Las Vegas.
The Gypsy King was simply supreme at the MGM Grand, battering his American rival from pillar to post before Wilder’s corner was forced to throw in the towel.
Even the most fervent Fury fan could not have predicted such a dominant performance from the Manchester native as he efficiently and ruthlessly dismantled Wilder.
Since that dramatic night in Sin City, Wilder has been on a mission to list a plethora of reasons as to why the bout was so incredibly one-sided, ranging from the weight of his ring-walk costume to conspiracy theories within his own camp.
The fact of the matter is that Wilder was just no good – he looked rattled right from the off and had no plan b to combat Fury’s determined masterclass. He wasn’t protecting himself adequately and was in very real danger of suffering a serious injury.
In the end, you could hardly blame his team for halting the punishment.
However, within the contract for the second fight was a clause allowing the vanquished loser to trigger a third, and probably final, bout.
While just about every boxing fan on earth would prefer to see Fury take on British superstar Anthony Joshua, the general consensus was that Wilder would exercise his right to a third fight and, after only a few days, he has done just that.
The third clash looks set for the summer and Wilder will be desperate to put up a bit of a sterner fight this time around, however, many believe that Fury is just going to steamroll the American yet again.
Unbeaten superstar Floyd Mayweather has a different opinion though, and believes that Wilder can avenge the first professional loss of his career, but only if he lets Mayweather train him.
“If I train him. If I train him I can teach him how to win,” Mayweather said during a Q and A session on a tour of the UK.
Of course, he thinks that.
Mayweather has never been shy to blow his own trumpet and his offer does throw up what could be an intriguing relationship that might be worth considering.
Wilder is going to need all the help he can get.
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