A Deontay Wilder-Hughie Fury fight has been spoken of before now, at least as a possibility, and yesterday, in a Tweet by unbeaten Hughie, cousin of course of troubled former world heavyweight king Tyson, an actual date for this would-be fight appeared. 22-year-old Fury, 20-0(10) Tweeted the following:
Wilder is of course coming to the end of his rehabilitation following the arm and biceps injuries he picked up in his summer win over Chris Arreola. Reportedly now punching with both hands again, the reigning and unbeaten WBC heavyweight ruler has said a number of times that he cannot wait to get back in the ring and pick up where he left off. Maybe his return will come against the younger Fury.
Wilder must face the winner of the Alexander Povetkin-Bermane Stiverne fight (set for December 17 in Russia) in 2017 and maybe he sees Fury as an ideal tune-up foe. Of course, neither Fury nor his trainer Peter Fury see themselves as taking what is an unwinnable fight against Wilder – if the money on offer is reasonable it’s very likely Team-Fury will take this fight and what’s more, truly believe they can win it.
And just maybe Wilder does indeed get the shock of his pro career if he does fight the slick, talented and underrated Fury next.
If it’s not Wilder next, Fury says, in another Tweet, that he would like to fight the winner of this Saturday’s Andy Ruiz-Joseph Parker clash for the vacant WBO belt. Hughie, it seems, is ready, willing and able to take that big step up in class. Not having fought since April, Fury is understandably anxious to make up for lost time; even if at age 22 he has plenty of time on his side.