Saturday 30th March 2019

Myles McDevitt – UCFB Multimedia Sports Journalism Student

By the end of 2018, fight fans were promised a blockbuster year in the heavyweight division. However, nearly four months into the new year and Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua have had their next fights set. And sadly, they aren’t the blockbusters the fans were promised.

Fury will face Thomas Schauz in Las Vegas on June 16 with Joshua’s American debut coming at Madison Square Garden against brash New Yorker Jarrell Miller. Wilder will make another title defence this time against Dominic Breazeale on May 18.  All these fights are easy to predict and many now feel in the fight game that the prospect of the best fighting the best in the world is on hold.

And does all go back to when Joshua defeated Joseph Parker on this weekend last year. Wilder was now the firm target after that fight but complicated negotiations between  both meant that Joshua was forced to make a mandatory defence of one his title against Alexander Povetkin.

Wilder then turned to the comeback kid Fury who had two easy wins against trouble-free opposition. The fight in December was one of the greatest heavyweight championship contests in recent memory but the fight ended in a controversial draw and with Fury signing a deal with ESPN and Wilder forced to make another defence of his title that rematch may not happen.

All three fighters will get comfortable paydays for their next fights.  It’s just regrettable that it has come to a situation like this.