By Vanessa Ekpereka (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Shannon Briggs says there’s a genuine possibility that Deontay Wilder will sleep Tyson Fury in their trilogy match on July 24th, and Oleksandr Usyk will defeat Anthony Joshua in their last clash on August 21 or 28th.
Joshua and Fury’s career could be pretty much over by next year after they deal with their respective summer opponents.
Briggs predicts that boxing could see a fight between Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KOs) and Usyk soon after these two pull-off upset wins this summer over the British heavyweight.
Starting with the Fury-Wilder 3 trilogy match on July 24th, it could send a shockwave to the division. Briggs wonders out loud whether ‘The Gypsy King’ Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) has made the correct decision to take the fight with Wilder.
After all, Fury and his promoters at Top Rank could have paid Wilder a $20 million step aside and taken the bigger-money fight against IBF/WBA/WBO champion Joshua (24-1, 22 KOs) on August 14th in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Fury would have made $80 million for the Joshua fight, which is a heck of a lot more than the $20M he’s expected to get for his risky trilogy match against Wilder. How do you walk away from an $80 million payday? It’s dumb, dumb, and dumb.
Had Fury not been so cheap, he could have given Wilder the $20+ million step aside and still come out ahead with $60 million. Look at it this way: