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Who’s next for newly-crowned heavyweight champion Tyson Fury?

| 01.12.2015

Lee Gormley | December 1, 2015

Who will Fury fight next year?

His triumphant heavyweight showdown with former decade-long division kingpin Wladimir Klitschko was far from a classic, but Tyson Fury won’t care, having dethroned the Ukrainian to incredibly claim the WBA, WBO and IBF straps in Germany.

Tyson Fury Homecoming - Bolton

After backing his long-standing claims that he would comfortably overcome Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs), talk from the boxing world has switched to his next potential opponents, but who could the newly-crowned heavyweight champion face next year?

Wladimir Klitschko

Wladimir Klitschko vs Tyson Fury

The most obvious, and likely, outcome from Fury’s stunning victory is a rematch with the man whom he dethroned. It was clear that the Manchester bruiser got into Klitschko’s head pre-fight, but his tactics in the ring worked just as well as he became an unlikely, but worthy, champion.

Klitschko had been undefeated in a decade before Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) came along, and had held the IBF title from 2006, but ‘Dr Steelhammer’ is odds-on 10/11 with Coral to gain revenge in another match-up, while the new champion is the same price for a second successive triumph.

Deontay Wilder

Wilder Duhaupas Boxing

As the reigning WBC heavyweight title holder, Wilder (35-0, 34 KOs) has the only strap not currently in Fury’s possession within this division.

That could all change next year though, in a potential unification showdown between the two undefeated fighters, and American Wilder is evens to triumph, while Fury is the odds-on 4/5 front-runner.

‘The Bronze Bomber’ was swift in calling out Fury following the result in Germany, and a meeting between the heavyweight duo would give the division a first undisputed champion since Lennox Lewis in 2000, unless it was a draw (25/1).

Anthony Joshua

Boxing - Anthony Joshua File Photo

The 2012 Olympic Gold medalist is the golden boy of British boxing, having rampantly rallied to 14 straight knockout wins since turning professional, with his most recent being an emphatic stoppage of towering Scot Gary Cornish.

An encounter between Joshua (14-0, 14 KOs) and Fury would generate a truly massive home following, but it could be a little too soon for the 26-year-old prospect, who is the odds-on 4/6 favourite to taste success if such a match-up was agreed.

Although, he must first overcome Dillian Whyte later this month before even thinking of moving up the ladder towards a world title showdown. Fury is 6/5 to thwart any danger from Joshua in a potential bout, having already proved he can mix it with the best in the business.

David Haye

Boxing - David Haye Press Conference - Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel

Fury recently stated categorically that he would not be putting his titles on the line against long-standing rival and compatriot Haye (26-2, 24 KOs), with the former heavyweight champion having previously pulled out of their scheduled bouts twice before.

The Londoner failed at his attempt to dethrone Klitschko back in 2011, when he was outpointed over 12 rounds, before pulling out of his agreed contests with Fury due to injury. It’s clear that Fury isn’t a fighter that can be easily persuaded by a huge purse, but he is odds-on 8/11 to overcome ‘the Hayemaker’ in a possible all-British bout in the near future.

Although, we may be waiting quite a while for such a British battle, with Fury having declared he would rather give his heavyweight belts away than give Haye a shot at them, though he is 11/10 to lose out to his bitter rival. But watch this space.


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Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.