When Anthony Joshua lost to Andy Ruiz Jr., social media was pick to proclaim that Deontay Wilder lost out on his big chance. They can still fight, it just won’t be the battle of undefeated fighters. Mike Tyson losing to Buster Douglas didn’t take away from his anticipated match up with Evander Holyfield. Contrary to popular belief, the public doesn’t need for them to both be undefeated.
Boxing fans who still hold on to that belief are misguided. The big fight is Wilder-Tyson Fury 2. Some don’t want to admit that but a rematch between the two fighters is a lot more compelling than Wilder-Joshua even if Joshua destroyed Ruiz Jr.
When Riddick Bowe didn’t fight Lennox Lewis, there was similar outcry but that fight would have never lived up to the Bowe-Holyfield trilogy. Sometimes the best fights happened because the fight we wanted didn’t. The boxing public didn’t know it at the time but we all could’ve lived without Oscar De La Hoya vs Felix Trinidad. So relax.
If Wilder defeats Luis Ortiz in their rematch and Fury wins his next fight, the boxing public will get the best heavyweight match up in the world.
The first fight lived up to the hype with Wilder almost knocking Fury out in the 12th.
The rematch would encapsulate everything a fight fan would need.
1) Great boxing skills (Fury)
2) Power (Wilder)
3) Disputed Scorecards (Judges)
4) Grade A trash talk (Fury and Wilder)
Not only that but the fans are almost guaranteed a high level fight. So, everyone should relax and quit trying to count how much money Wilder allegedly lost (which is none) by Joshua losing and get ready for boxing’s big ticket.