Tyson Fury reigned supreme over Deontay Wilder in what was one of the most impressive heavyweight title wins in history and one of the greatest showings from a British fighter overseas. The Brit forced the stoppage in the seventh round after the towel was thrown in to stop the barrage of assault on the defending WBC champion. From the first bell, Fury was dominant, beautifully evasive, intelligently superior and relentlessly looking for the knockout to the point of which Wilder hit the deck twice before the towel came in.
The 'Gypsy King' has perhaps cemented his place as the best on the planet, having now dethroned the two most dominant heavyweight champions of the last 20 years: Wladimir Klitschko and Wilder. Fury's momentous, breathtaking display has now got the world talking about who he takes on next and if anybody truly is good enough to stop the lineal heavyweight champion. No doubt, Fury's next opponent will just be another chapter in his own history book and the Manchester-born truly could seal his immortality with another gargantuan fight. Here, we take a look at how Sky Bet have weighed up the options for the WBC champion's next challenger.
Deontay Wilder III
Regardless of whether or not you think Fury won the first battle, in the record books, it says 'draw'. This will surely motivate Fury to do this a third time and really show Wilder who is the undisputed king of the heavyweights. Plus, the ball is in Wilder's court, all he has to do is activate the rematch clause within 30 days of the fight from February 22.
For now, Wilder will most likely rest and recover from his seven-round beating and consider his next move before the deadline. Surely the American will want to avenge what is his only loss in professional boxing and rematch Fury for the WBC and Ring Magazine heavyweight titles as it is perhaps his only route to a shot at a title. Indeed, Wilder is nowhere to be seen in the WBA, WBO, IBF, IBO and WBC rankings as he has lost the latter belt and never competed for any of the former. So, according to the rankings, this may be Wilder's last big shot.
On the other hand, he and his team might consider getting out of this trilogy, based on the fact Fury has already beaten him not just once, but perhaps twice.
Sky Bet have placed the trilogy as the favourite for Fury's net opponent at 2/7.
One boxer who has slightly gone under the radar post-Fury v Wilder is Dillian Whyte. The Londoner has been incredibly underappreciated on the heavyweight map for some time, as he has only lost once, coming against arguably the best around in Anthony Joshua. At the same time, Whyte boasts of a 64% knockout ratio and has an impressive CV of wins over Lucas Browne, Dereck Chisora (x2), Oscar Rivas and Joseph Parker.
Now, for Whyte to finally get the WBC title shot he deserves is 5/1 with Sky Bet. Whyte, 31, was reinstated as the WBC mandatory back in December, having been previously suspended by the organisation for failed drugs testing. Now, with no clear findings, Whyte could well be in with a shot if Wilder turns down the third fight and if Joshua faces Pulev.
Just even reading 'Tyson Fury v Anthony Joshua' as a heading gets you excited. Eddie Hearn has recently said the fight between Fury and Wilder "will happen" and believes it's a fight that everyone wants to see - he's probably right. Immediately following his win in Las Vegas this past week, most fans, pundits, experts, boxers, ex-pros and everyone with even the slightest interest were asking for the Joshua fight.
As this is boxing, however, there are going to be roadblocks. There is the issue that Fury has two more fights left on his ESPN contract and has fought under the broadcasting rule of BT Sport rather than Sky Sports, which is the opposite of Joshua. There is then the tedious debates on who gets paid better, whilst the likes of Frank Warren and Hearn try to squeeze out every last penny.
There have been talks about Joshua and Fury fighting for years, as they are both British and both on top of the division. However, after Joshua's redemption over Andy Ruiz Jr and Fury's devastatingly brilliant performance over Wilder, it makes sense for them to fight now.
"We'd be idiots if we didn't take this fight. It's a once in a lifetime," Hearn told Sky Sports News. It does seem, however, that this fight is entirely dependent on Wilder and whether or not he exercises the rematch with Fury. If he does, this fight won't happen anytime soon which will probably push Joshua to take on his next mandatory in Kubrat Pulev.
With that being said, Sky Bet have the odds at 13/2 for Fury and Joshua to fight next.
Fury facing Luis Ortiz is unlikely based on the fact Fury has mocked Wilder a lot for fighting the Cuban twice, stating that Ortiz's age makes it an easy fight. However, despite losing to Wilder twice, the 40-year-old has an unbeaten record outside of fighting the Alabama-born, boasting of 31 wins at an incredible 74% knockout ratio.
Indeed, this one is doubtful, but Ortiz is still active and remains one of the best heavyweights around; Sky Bet have put Fury fighting Ortiz next at 14/1.
Andy Ruiz Jr
Ruiz shocked the world when he finished Joshua in round seven and made history as the first-ever Mexican heavyweight champion. However, a masterclass from the British hero in the rematch ended Ruiz's short spell as the champion. In fact, the performance from the California-born was that poor that he barely even gets mentioned within these type of conversations, despite being on top of the division less than four months ago.
As Joshua has beaten Ruiz already, it makes no sense for Fury to go after him also, as it proves very little. The former champion is still a challenger though, as he is just 30 and only has two losses on his record. As a result, Sky Bet offer odds at 16/1 for Ruiz to be Fury's next opponent.
Other outside odds
Polish boxer Adam Kownacki and Colombian Oscar Rivas are outside odds for Fury's next fight at 16/1. Kubrat Pulev is next at 18/1, which is understandable considering Pulev is expected to fight Joshua next in the summer. The likes of Dominic Brezeale and Daniel Dubois are at 22/1, whilst Oleksandr Usyk is 40/1 and a Dereck Chisora rematch is at 50/1.