It seems there is a pretty good chance we could see a Wilder-Fury fight next year after all: Wilder Vs. Hughie Fury. With big Tyson out of the way due to well-documented problems, it could be up to cousin Hughie, himself a big guy, to face the reigning WBC heavyweight king. Speaking with The Mirror, the unbeaten contender confirmed how his team are currently in talks with Wilder over a possible March fight.
And Hughie, who claims he was offered “silly money” to fight IBF heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua – turning down the poor offer – is convinced he has what it takes to defeat Wilder.
“We’re in negotiations with Wilder and hopefully it will come off so I can have a showdown with him,” Fury told the newspaper. “I definitely see ways I can beat Wilder. Me and my dad (trainer Peter Fury) have already sat down and looked at plenty of ways I can beat him. Wilder is very beatable. He’s never fought a decent opponent. He just has a big punch and I can definitely take his shots. I’ve never been wobbled in my life or put down in any of my fights. I’ve got a good chin whereas Wilder is a bit chinny, to be honest.”
Fury is undeniably a skilled fighter. Fast for his size (just like Tyson) and elusive, Hughie is a fighter some look at as a potential champion of the future. But at age 22, after having fought just 20 pro fights, during which time he has met nobody with the power of Wilder, is he ready for the best? Wilder, far from having “never fought a decent opponent” has dealt with good men like Bermane Stiverne, Chris Arreola and Eric Molina (next up for Joshua of course). Fury’s best wins came against Fred Kassi and Andriy Rudenko.
As good and as promising as he is, Fury might find out there is a big step up from those guys to someone of Wilder’s strength and power. Still, the fight would attract plenty of interest if it did happen. It’s no secret that Wilder craves a huge fight with Tyson Fury and if he can flatten the former champ’s cousin, with Tyson at ringside as he surely would be, the desire to gain revenge and restore family pride would be too much for Tyson to resist.
You can see Wilder’s thinking: KO Hughie and then go head to head with Tyson (with a Fury ring invasion being likely!). But could Hughie tear up the script by shocking “The Bronze Bomber?” This would be an interesting return fight for the currently injured WBC champ.