Tyson Fury almost completed a remarkable return to the top of world boxing on Saturday night, with his heavyweight clash against Deontay Wilder ending in a controversial split decision draw.
The 30-year-old seemingly controlled the majority of the fight, however, the self-proclaimed ‘Gypsy King’ did have to survive two knockdowns in an enthralling clash with the WBC champion in Los Angeles.
Fury was knocked to the canvas in the ninth round and the final round, remarkably making his way back to his feet to see out the full 36 minutes of action.
Many fans and pundits believe that Fury dominated the clash despite his knockdowns, however, the judges scored the bout 115-111 in favour of Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113, to the disappointment of the LA crowd.
A rematch between the pair looks extremely likely after the controversial result, however, we’ve decided to see who else the ‘Gypsy King’ could take on next.
After an enthralling heavyweight clash that will go down in history, both Fury and Wilder admitted they would be open to a rematch in the future, however, Wilder wasn’t so sure about the rematch being his next fight.
If Fury doesn’t face off against Wilder next, the ‘Gypsy King’ could well look at facing a fellow Brit. Dillian Whyte, who has never faced Fury, is set to face off against Dereck Chisora later this month and could be a potential option for the lineal heavyweight champion.
Extremely unlikely, but there is a chance. Fury has been calling Anthony Joshua out ever since he returned to the ring back in the summer and if Joshua can’t find an opponent for April, there may well be an opportunity for Fury to face the unified heavyweight champion.
Fury has already fought Dereck Chisora twice in his career and could well make it a hat-trick of wins over ‘Del Boy’ if the pair meet again. Fury came out on top back in 2011 and 2014 against Chisora, with his second triumph claiming the then vacant British heavyweight title.
Another Brit who Fury could potentially take on next, Joe Joyce was actually on the undercard in Los Angeles on Saturday night. The 33-year-old stretched his unbeaten record to seven wins after a devastating first round knockout against Joe Hanks.
American Jarrell Miller has recently set his sights on Anthony Joshua, however, Fury may well fancy his chances of beating the undefeated New Yorker, who recently claimed the vacant WBA ‘regular’ title against Romanian Bogdan Dinu.
New Zealander Joseph Parker’s last two fights have been in the UK against Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte. Parker, who has a scheduled fight with Alexander Flores later this month, was actually undefeated before his last two fights and could well be tempted with another clash in the UK with Fury next year.