By Carlos Jones: Unbeaten heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO’s) has several ideas for what he wants to do for his next fight in 2014. First off, the 28-year-old Deontay is hoping that WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko will hang up his gloves in 2014 and retire from the sport rather than continuing on.
Deontay needs Vitali to retire, because if he chooses to hold onto the fight then it means that Deontay will need to go after one of the other world titles. He can’t afford to sit around while Vitali defends his WBC title once a year or even less than that. With the WBC not enforcing their own rules when it comes to making Vitali defend his title in a regular basis, it means that Vitali can sit on it for as long as he likes and defend it rarely, and yet still not get stripped by the WBC of his bet.
If Vitali keeps his belt, then Deontay says he plans on trying to get a fight against Britain’s Tyson Fury. The two had spoken about wanting to fight each other, but Fury’s promoter is still waiting to find out whether Sky Sports will televise the Deontay vs. Fury fight on Sky Box Office or not. It’s unclear how much longer he’s going to have to wait or if the answer is already no.
Fury had hoped that Deontay would be the replacement for his fight against David Haye, which went up in smoke after Haye’s shoulder injury he suffered recently. The Deontay fight would likely do really well in the UK. Even if it didn’t do as well as the Fury-Haye fight, it would still have done very well. But nothing has of the fight after Fury’s promoter received an initial call from Deontay’s promoters at Golden Boy.
The last option for Deontay is Britain’s Dereck Chisora. This is the least appealing option for Deontay because Chisora isn’t a champion, he’s been beaten a lot of times recently, and it’s not a fight that would resonate in the UK or the U.S as much as a Deontay vs. Fury fight. Chisora badly wants the fight with Deontay, but that’s not going to happen unless Deontay can’t get the fight for the WBC title or a fight against Fury.
Deontay said on his twitter: “Here’s how its going: Vitali is retiring no doubt. I maybe fighting 4 vacant WBC. If not, then Fury. If not him, def YOU. I ACCEPT…No BS I’m very serious Mr. D. Chisora in the end of this Maze w/the belt & Fury if it’s not you then I don’t want to fight.”