Wilder as I’ve always maintained couldn’t box but his tenacity for pulling out that big punch was to be admired. That said I think I’m right in saying Wilder held a long-standing record for facing opposition out of the top 20 and there were some opponents not even in the 100? Somehow his team managed to get YouTube to scrub the footage of him being floored by some fat guy before he was champion. Even his fight against Malick Scott was highly dubious as to wether Scott took a dive. AJ has never had such luxury of being handed promoted mandatory opponents from nowhere.It will be interesting to see who Fury faces next?
Dillion Whyte is the mandatory WBC challenger and he is fighting Otto Wallin on 30th October, should he come through that unscathed will Tyson honour the mandatory in early 2022 if the WBC forces it as they seem to be saying today.
He wont have anything else to do as AJ v Usyk 2 will also be spring 2022. It will most likely be summer 2022 before a potential undisputed could take place.
I think Tyson would pick apart Whyte, I dont think it would be a great fight as I dont think it would really motivate Tyson and he might just raise his game high enough to win.
There wasn't anything different about Wilder this time around and I don't think Tysons performance in this fight was as good as the second fight, he was much better and sharper and more dominant in the second fight but his preparations weren't as good this time round so it could be expected and forgiven. After round two Wilder was already gassing and he reverted to type, crabbing towards Tyson measuring with his left hand and telegraphing the big right hand which just got slower and slower until it was easy for Tyson to see.
I still think AJ beats Usyk next time around and hopefully we will see the start of the AJ v Fury series.
I dont think Fury is the puncher some are saying in terms of single shot knockout power, Wilder was just a skinny legged 15.75 stoner who had never really been hit before Ortiz. He really doesnt cope well with being hit and until Tyson nobody had every really managed to hang a few on him apart from Ortiz. In last nights fight he proved to be durable but every good punch affected him badly, even a good jab and had Tyson landed a clean right hand after round three it would have been over much sooner. That said Im sure he carries enough power to trouble AJ.
I think AJ will put up a stronger challenge to Tyson than Wilder did, Wilder had nothing but a big right hand and taking that away he was easy to hit and easy to push around the ring, he has a very low boxing IQ and very poor footwork. AJ at least can box and wont be as easy to hit as Wilder but Im not sure he has the right mental attitude for this game now, he has looked shaky since Ruiz 1 whereas Tyson is so confident and also now very experienced in the real high pressure situations.
I really hope we see a couple for Fury v AJ fights in 2022 but sadly they will most likely be in Saudi whereas as I think they should have been held at Wembley in front of the home fans, all 90,000 of them.
There is a part of me who would like to see Tyson retire unbeaten as his story is an great one. The trouble is I struggle when he starts being a dick and I like the more reserved way AJ conducts himself and also his desire to grow and learn. Hopefully we get to see them and they do British boxing proud.
Nonetheless he will go down as having one of the most powerful KO punches in history as last night still proved.