Via Allan Fox: Deontay Wilder has three great picks for 2022 against Andy Ruiz Jr, Andy Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk for his next fight.
PBC’s Tim Smith believes those three heavyweights are a great choice for former WBC heavyweight champion Wilder (42-2-1, 41 KOs) to fight when he returns to the ring this year.
Wilder is working with PBC, and he has yet to tell them what his plans are for the next fight or whether he will continue his career.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ was about to lose to Tyson Fury in an exciting 11th round last October in Las Vegas. It was a fight where both heavyweights hit the ring, and fans didn’t know who would ultimately win until Fury finished off Wilder in round 11 after taking him down.
Smith wants Wilder to go up against Joshua, Ruiz or Usyk next if possible unless he chooses to catch up. However, he feels that Wilder might choose to hit one of those talented boxers rather than warm up first.
Wilder’s Pick: Joshua, Usyk & Andy Ruiz
“The man has a big heart, but when you look at the heavyweight division, it screams with excitement. It screams for someone to bring something to the ring, highwire action, and it’s Deontay,” Tim Smith told. Podcasts PBC about Deontay Wilder.
“There are still big battles for Deontay. There are still wars out there,” Tim said. “There’s Andy Ruiz, there’s Anthony Joshua, and there’s Usyk.
“When you look at the heavyweight division, you have to put him in the top four or the top five in terms of marketability and his ability to knock people out in a single match, and he’s an attraction.
“God bless Tyson Fury, but no one comes to see Tyson Fury as a gate attraction unless he is fighting Deontay Wilder. No one. Perhaps in England, if he were to fight Anthony Joshua, that would be an attraction.
“Perhaps if he did fight Usyk there, that would be a gate attraction, but in America who would come and come over here to see any of those guys fight anyone other than Deontay Wilder? So he is still viable.
“He has to determine when he has had enough rest and when he wants to come back,” Smith said.
Former IBF/WBA/WBO Heavyweight Champion Andy Ruiz Jr would be the most realistic choice for Wilder if he is looking for a fight in the first half of 2022. Ruiz remains uncontested, and he would be one great option for a PPV round on Showtime.
Joshua and Usyk are now finished with their rematch in April, so it’s not realistic for either of those boxers to face Wilder anytime soon.
Furthermore, the winner of the Joshua vs. Usyk 2 is expected to face WBC champion Fury or possibly Dillian Whyte if he beats ‘The Gypsy King’ in their potential fight in late March or early April.
Does Deontay have any adjustments?
“It was a brutal war [with Fury], and he really needs to take some time off, recharge his batteries, and get back together,” Smith said of Wilder.
“He was never really lost. He’s been blessed with some incredible DNA in terms of his physical stature.
“So I think there are three possible fights for him if he decides to come back and all of them will be pay per view, and all of them will be big money wars, ‘ Smith said of Wilder.
“Does he easily come back and fight someone and go column A, column B, the guys that were shown on January 1st? Did he do that? The winner of these?
“He was beaten [Luis] Ortiz, and he defeated Gerald Washington. But I think there are some guys out there if he wants to come back and have a fight back. But I don’t think he has that mentality.
“I think he wants to get back in the ring for a big fight and a big promotion and do his thing. So we’ll see what he does,” Smith said.
Wilder may want to take a confidence booster to get back to his victories. It’s been a while since he won a battle, so he might want to face some sort of Gerald Washington opponent.