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Joseph Parker has mocked Deontay Wilder’s excuse after he blamed jet lag for his defeat against the former WBO Heavyweight Champion. 

Parker dominated their bout, beating the Bronze Bomber in a wide unanimous decision. Wilder only won one round on all three cards. He only boxed one round in over a year after stopping Robert Helenius coming into the Parker bout. Tyson Fury also knocked him out in back-to-back fights before facing Helenius. At 38, he did not look the same fighter. But rather than blaming inactivity or crediting Parker, Wilder blamed his travel schedule.

Wilder On Parker

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“It was a boring fight, nothing really happened. I went right back to training the next day. He really didn’t do nothing, they just went off the little flurries or whatever. In the training for that I had to travel two times, 20 hours of travelling. And those guys were already in Europe, they were only two or three hours away. I’m not complaining, I’m just saying what I had to go through,” Wilder said

Wilder has now developed a reputation for bringing up excuses after a defeat. The same happened with al three of his fights against Fury. In the first bout, Wilder blamed the referee for giving Fury more than a ten-count after the Gypsy King got off the floor in the 12th round. Wilder claimed his costume had made his legs weak in the next fight. He also blamed his former trainer, Mark Breland, for spiking his water.

To top it all off, Wilder alleged that Fury had tampered with his gloves by putting in egg-shaped objects. Since neither of these things were proved, Wilder was seen as blaming anything but himself for his performances. Now, Parker has reacted to the latest excuse.

Parker On Wilder

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“I was jet-lagged for a week, it’s what a fighter goes through, good or not it is what it is. It’s all part of trying to prepare for a fight. I’m not sure where he’s coming from, he did travel back and forth, we had to do the promotion, there was a lot of time travelling.

“When I travelled to Saudi for the fight, jet lag is a real thing, but as a professional fighter and the team around you – you have to make the right decision about when you have to be there and allow yourself the time to adjust and get used to the time zone and wherever you’re fighting,” Parker stated

Parker is preparing to face Zhilei Zhang on March 8 on the Anthony Joshua vs Francis Ngannou card. Parker knows a win makes him the WBO Interim Heavyweight Champion. That belt makes him mandatory for the winner of Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk. If that happens, Parker will target a second world title after losing his WBO belt to Anthony Joshua in 2018. Wilder must now regroup just as Parker had done after losing his belt.

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Anthony Joshua’s fight with Deontay Wilder evaporated little more than an hour before he thought he was going to get it.

But if AJ defeats Francis Ngannou next month, he could set himself on a path that leads once again towards a possible showdown with British heavyweight rival Tyson Fury

It has been much discussed. Talks have started up and failed multiple times. But still, could Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua actually happen?

The two are titans in British boxing with Fury the reigning WBC champion and Joshua, a former unified heavyweight champion, currently working his way back to the top.

Anthony Joshua Tyson Fury

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Both have significant bouts coming up. On March 8 Joshua will box Francis Ngannou, the former UFC champion who gave Fury an expectedly difficult 10-round bout last year.

Then, on May 18, Fury meets Oleksandr Usyk, the WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight titlist, in their rescheduled undisputed championship fight.

Should the two British heavyweights prevail in their respective contests, a natural question will be whether they could finally fight each other in 2024.

Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is advocating for precisely that. “If there’s a chance to jump in late summer or early autumn and make AJ vs Fury, it can be done and there’s ways to make it happen. I think there’s every chance that could happen,” Hearn told Sky Sports.

“[With] contracts, everyone’s got to be respected in that sense. But the pressure will be on to make that fight.”

Fury has said he will have two fights with Usyk, but was open to boxing Joshua down the line.

Frank Warren, who co-promotes Fury, told the Toe2Toe podcast: “There are contractual commitments and they will have to be fulfilled.”

But he believes the landscape of heavyweight boxing will continue to develop.

Of the other heavyweight contenders Warren said: “They’re all going to be trying to get themselves into a position to have a fight for one of the mandatory [positions] or fight for a vacant title if the titles fragment again, which I hope they won’t.

“It’s like a renaissance in boxing. Big cards are happening, which we could never under normal circumstances put together because they wouldn’t work out financially but because they’re part of this event, Riyadh season, it’s great for the fans.

“The heavyweight division, it’s never been as lively as this.”

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Anthony Joshua Francis Ngannou

A path for Anthony Joshua to fight for a world championship once more could open up this year.

Hearn said: “It’s going to be interesting. Obviously, a lot’s got to happen, AJ’s got to beat Ngannou and Fury’s got to beat Usyk. One of the reasons that we took the Ngannou fight is because we knew it could take us there quicker because of the vision out there.

“It does look like it [Fury vs Joshua] is close but everyone’s got a job to do first.

“We signed for Joshua against [Deontay] Wilder and we were an hour away from announcing it in the ring and then Joseph Parker goes and beats him. So anything can happen.”

Ngannou will only be having his second professional boxing contest when he fights Joshua next month. That bout then will be a tall order for a mixed martial artist taking on a seasoned former champion.

But in his pro debut, Ngannou did manage to drop Fury. In that sense, he will pose a threat.

“You’ve got two immovable objects, two massive men and Ngannou is huge,” Hearn said. “AJ should be much too good for him but this is the heavyweight division and it’s a very dangerous test.

“All that matters is March 8 for us, because anything can happen in that fight.

“For me this is a performance that has to encompass discipline and brutality.”

Joshua did look in form when he boxed Otto Wallin last time out, handily stopping the Swede in five rounds.

“In the changing room before the Wallin fight when he was hitting pads with Ben [Davison, in a new training partnership], I’ve never seen anything like it and I’ve never seen him like it. The noise every time he hit the pads was like a cannon going off,” Hearn said.

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“I can’t believe the turnaround just in confidence, in sharpness, in power and belief.

“If AJ understands the game and he believes, he is unbeatable in there and we’re moving towards that.”

He added: “You’re only as good as your last fight and if that is the case AJ is the best heavyweight in the world right now. But for me, that’s judged over time and I think you have to say that Fury is probably the No 1 guy.”

Joshua’s promoter, however, believes a dominant performance against Ngannou will strengthen the Watford man’s case for a shot at Fury, in a fight that both Britons, and British boxing, would like to see.

“Fury and Usyk are duking it out for, on paper, the No 1 heavyweight spot in the world,” Hearn said. “If [Fury] can beat Anthony Joshua he’s beaten absolutely everybody.

“That’s true legendary status, that’s the great of our generation.

“I think he does want greatness. I know AJ does and I truly believe that AJ will beat Ngannou and then he will beat Tyson Fury for the undisputed championship.”

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Deontay Wilder is in line for a shot at the WBA heavyweight title after the World Boxing Association amended a rankings error.

“The Bronze Bomber” was dropped from the newest version of the WBA Ratings for January in a shock move following his loss to Joseph Parker. The ‘Day of Reckoning’ reverse saw Wilder defeated for the third time in his career without putting a dent in his opponent.

World Boxing Association Ratings Committee members seemingly voted the Tuscaloosa native out of its voluntary top fifteen spots. However, after admitting a mistake, Wilder was reinstated with an apology.

Deontay Wilder

The number nine placing means Wilder can challenge current WBA ‘regular’ champion Mahmoud Charr if selected by the Lebanese-born titleholder.

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Wilder needs a victory at all costs in his next fight. If the ex-WBC ruler cannot secure a win, his career will be over for good. Targeting Charr for the ‘regular’ version makes the most sense at this stage of his career.

It’s not a cut-and-dried situation. As Wilder lost his last bout, the Olympic bronze medalist must ask for special dispensation to challenge for the title.

Deontay Wilder eligible for WBA heavyweight title shot

The WBA has a history of allowing top stars to fight for belts on the back of a loss. Therefore, Wilder could be accepted if he can agree on terms with Charr and his team.

Charr needs an opponent, having missed out on a stipulated clash with Jarrell Miller. The WBA ordered the fight to occur by October 14, 2023, when they reinstalled Charr as champion.

The German-based puncher was given the title back after a legal challenge despite being stripped of the title in 2021. Charr farcically hadn’t defended the title in four years.

After getting the secondary championship back, that’s now extended to seven years, with Wilder the ticket to a decent payday.

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It’s been eleven years since the WBA promised World Boxing News they would eliminate all secondary titles. President, then Vice-President Gilberto Mendoza, was adamant he would keep his promise.

Nine years later, Mendoza implemented the plan after WBN declassified the organization as a sanctioning body. After nine months and promised action, WBN added the WBA alongside the WBC, WBO, and IBF.

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The initial story went viral worldwide and must have given the WBA something to think about. Mendoza then released another promise.

One WBA champion

“The judicial agreement constitutes a temporary decision of the organization, which has been taken in the best spirit of overcoming a difference that prevented the WBA from moving forward in its plans.

“For now, such a juncture only delays the institution’s purpose of having only one champion per category. However, far from abandoning the path, the pioneer organization will continue to work resolutely to achieve this goal.

“The aim is to do it within the framework of its “One Champion Only” policy, which has been 70% achieved. There are now twelve single champions in seventeen categories.

“The WBA continues to work in favor of boxing worldwide and to make decisions that favor the sport,” he said.

Hopefully, 2024 will see all eighteen weight classes having only one champion. Charr vs Wilder would be a good start. The latter would be in line for a final full title shot against Oleksandr Usyk if he can dethrone the on-off belt holder.

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Wilder disregards Parker’s defeat and offers a reason behind the result.

Deontay Wilder has blamed travel as one of the reasons behind his surprising loss to Joseph Parker last year.

The American suffered a shock loss to Parker at December’s Day of Reckoning event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, thanks to a unanimous decision by the judges.

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The 38-year-old has repeatedly dismissed the loss and in a new interview with Seckbach the former WBC Heavyweight Champion has blamed the amount time he spent travelling in training as a reason for his performance in the fight.

Wilder said: “It was a boring fight, nothing really happened. I went right back to training the next day. He really didn’t do nothing, they just went off the little flurries or whatever. In the training for that I had to travel two times, 20 hours of travelling. And those guys were already in Europe, they were only 2/3 hours away. I’m not complaining, I’m just saying what I had to go through.

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Deontay Wilder made his feelings clear that his work in the heavyweight division is incomplete despite losing for the third time in his career.Deontay Wilder made his feelings clear that his work in the heavyweight division is incomplete despite losing for the third time in his career.

“The Bronze Bomber” went down via decision to Joseph Parker following two previous defeats against Tyson Fury. With his career in jeopardy, Wilder returned to the gym, a place the fighter admits he’s neglected of late.

After his performance, Wilder has plenty to prove. The reverse left many wondering why the former WBC champion would accept an offer to fight when not ready.

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Filming TV shows and taking ayahuasca got in the way of his full-time profession. Wilder now has to rededicate his focus on proving he’s still got it.

Asked by Elie Seckbach whether he’d step in for Fury if he pulls out of a May 18 clash with Oleksandr Usyk, Wilder told ES News he’d take the shot in a heartbeat.

Deontay Wilder offers to face Usyk on May 18

“I’m ready; I’m always ready for whoever, no matter what. No matter how much training I’ve got, whether I’m three weeks in or eight weeks in, it doesn’t matter. I’m a fighter,” said Wilder.Usyk: "Wilder Is A Dangerous Fighter; Our Fight Would Be In The States"

 

“I’m really putting myself up against anyone. [including Usyk] I’m still that man, don’t get it twisted. We’re putting all the stuff back together. At one point in time, I lost my love for this business.

“The success [of the Fury trilogy] did a lot to me because it really took me out of my element. I used to be a gym rat instead of just coming to the gym whenever I had fights.

“All of it’s changed; I’ve rededicated myself back to this. I’m in the gym now and taking it like a job now.”

It’s not the first time Wilder has aimed his crosshairs at Usyk. During the build-up to Day of Reckoning, he told 78 Sports TV: “He’s dodged me so many times, and I know. And don’t act like I don’t know, I don’t want anyone to come out like, ‘Usyk said this and that.’ It would be a lie because I know a lot.

“I’m in the business, I know. He [Usyk] got offered a lot of money to fight me many times. But he’s denied it. They said they do not want Bomb Squad problems.”

However, responses to Wilder offering his services as an alternate for “Ring of Fire” saw some resistance. Many told Wilder he had no chance against Usyk after being thoroughly out-boxed by Parker.

 

Deontay Wilder has claimed he is willing to jump in and fight Oleksandr Usyk next if Tyson Fury doesn’t.

The undisputed clash between the two champions has been pushed back to May 18 after initially being scheduled to take place on February 17.

This is because Fury suffered a cut in sparring and had to pull out.

Now, the bout has been rearranged with organisers revealing that the show will go ahead on May 18, even if there is another withdrawal.

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If Usyk pulls out this time, the plan is for Fury to face Anthony Joshua on May 18.

If Fury drops out for a second time, Usyk will get an opponent of his choice.

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Many expect that this would be his IBF mandatory challenger Filip Hrgovic, however Wilder is now back in training and, despite his defeat to Joseph Parker, has thrown his hat into the ring.

Wilder told ESNews: “I’m ready, I’m always ready for whoever no matter what.

“No matter how much training I’ve got, whether I’m three weeks in or eight weeks in, it doesn’t matter, I’m a fighter.

“I’m really putting myself up against anyone.

“I’m still that motherf***er man, don’t get it twisted. We’re putting all the stuff back together.

“I at one point in time lost the love for this business.

“The success did a lot to me because it really took me out of my element.

“I used to be a gym rat instead of just coming to the gym whenever I have fights.

“All of it’s changed, I’ve rededicated myself back to this s***, I’m in the gym now and taking it like a job now.”

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FRANCIS NGANNOU is already calling out Deontay Wilder – before even fighting Anthony Joshua.

Ngannou last year put on hold his MMA career to cross over to boxing for a bout with WBC champion Tyson Fury.

And he astonishingly floored Fury only to lose a controversial split-decision in Saudi Arabia.

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Now, he will return to the boxing ring on March 8 back in Saudi, this time against Joshua.

But already Ngannou has his eyes set on Wilder, who blew a super-fight with AJ following defeat to Joseph Parker.

Ngannou told Sky Sports: “I’m here for the boxing career and there I have a lot of challenges, a lot of names.

“For example, the top three guys that I’ve always had are Fury, Joshua and Wilder.

“Wilder better get it together because I’m not done, I want that name on my record.”

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Fury, 35, faces Oleksandr Usyk, 36, on February 17 in Saudi in what is the heavyweight division’s first four-belt unification.

So Ngannou, 37, was left to weigh up his options after being denied a rematch.

But Joshua, 34, became available following defeat for Wilder, 38, who saw their £100million fight deal go up in smoke.

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The beaten American’s next move remains up in the air.

But Ngannou revealed there were talks for the two to fight in The Professional Fighters League, the MMA promotion he is signed to.

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He said: “Two months ago, we were talking about fighting Deontay Wilder in the PFL. The landscape can change quick. Everything is possible.”

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Having been in talks for a while, Joshua and Wilder were expected to clash in Saudi Arabia early next year, but negotiations have stalled.

Eddie Hearn AND Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk

With that being said, promoter Eddie Hearn has since revealed that both boxers still want the fight and they are exploring other locations, such as Las Vegas or London.

And Joshua will need to make it happen if he wants to move on to the fight that British boxing fans have been craving for years against Tyson Fury.

As Tyson’s dad, John, has explained that Joshua needs to earn the fight with his son by beating Wilder.

“The only way that can happen is if he beats Deontay Wilder,” John told Mail Sport.

“Everyone is skipping Wilder and no one wants to face him. I can’t stand him as a man, but every boxer on the planet is s*** scared of him except the Gypsy King, who’s beat him twice.

“If AJ wants to face Tyson, let him defeat Wilder. No one wants Wilder. They can’t take Wilder’s power.”

John continued: “They’ve all got to face Wilder to get to ‘The Gypsy King’.

John Fury VS Tyson Fury

“If they think they’re going to tread low and then get paid multi millions when they don’t deserve it… at the end of the day, [Joshua] had an easy ride getting the belts. Let him earn his stripes to get to the Gypsy King.

“They’re going to have to line up and do something big. Tyson went to everyone’s back yard to get them titles.

“If Joshua beats Wilder, that fight can be made in 30 seconds.

“If AJ is good enough, let him beat Wilder and that makes this fight mega big.

“But at the moment it’s dead in the water because he doesn’t deserve it. He can’t face a few bums and face the Gypsy King, can he? I know the public want to see it but let him earn it.”

Before that though, Tyson has two fights lined up ahead of him.

Firstly, he will come up against Francis Ngannou on October 28 and then Tyson will take on Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight world titles, either towards the end of this year or early in 2024.

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Tyson Fury is considered by many as one of the best heavyweight boxers in the world. He has remained undefeated throughout 33 bouts with over 24 K.O.s, even against some of the best in the division.

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Although he is currently only the WBC Champion, he is looking to have a shot at becoming the first undisputed heavyweight champion in the world. The fight that will probably take place in late December or early January next year will provide him a shot at greatness as one of the boxers will have their names in history.

Recently a post surfaced on Facebook which shook the boxing enthusiasts. ESPN ringside shared the collage of Muhammad AliJoe FrazierGeorge ForemanMike TysonLennox Lewis along with Fury. They also shared the record of all the boxers in the collage.

In the caption they asked, “Where does Tyson Fury rank on the list of all-time heavyweights?”. The question was sure to touch a lot of nerves as Sportsman.com’s recent list also caused a huge debate among the fans. Although it’s very hard to form an objective list of the greatest, here’s what the fans have to say about the addition of Tyson to the list.

Does Tyson Fury belong on the list? Fans answer the burning question

Lennox Lewis VS Tyson Fury

Comparing Fury to heavyweight legends like Ali, Tyson, and Frazier has stirred up a range of opinions from fans. Some argue that Fury falls short of being considered a true heavyweight great. They point to his limited activity at the top level as a factor that diminishes his claim to greatness. One fan stated that Fury should be placed, “Behind all of them.”

He pointed out that ‘The Gypsy King’ hasn’t shown much activity to be counted amongst the greats, which seems to be more or less true as Fury hasn’t fought once since his last fight in December. However, he is soon going to fight Francis Ngannou on October 28th.

Another fan also shared a similar opinion, he stated, “Definitely below all of those legends in the picture.” Meanwhile, a fan complimented the talent of the British boxer, however, he also pointed out, “His legacy is Deontay Wilder. That’s really it”.

Mike Tyson VS Francis Ngannou AND Tyson Fury

Someone else wrote in the same vein, “Outside of Deontay Wilder, who has he beaten of significant worth?”. One fan pointed out that Fury is a “quality fighter” and thus “he’s up there and it’s on merit.” Furthermore, he added that if Fury had 10 more quality fights, it would cement his name on the top five forever.

However, a fan disagreed and stated that he would rather face Fury than any other legends on the list. Thus the fan pointed out how the other boxers are much greater than Fury in a unique manner.

Overall, many fans disagreed with Fury belonging to the list. Many fans don’t believe that ‘the Gypsy King’ belongs with the greatest in history. What are your thoughts about the comments? Do share them in the comments below.

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Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk

Former champion Saunders has recently announced his intention to come back to fighting having had two years off since losing to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. When he does so, he’ll likely tae inspiration from Fury’s journey back to the sport that saw him become a two-time world heavyweight champion.

Following two wins over Deontay Wilder and two defences of the WBC belt, Fury has found himself in a position to fight for undisputed status in the heavyweight division – the man in the other corner being elite Ukrainian, Usyk.

Speaking to Upfront with Simon Jordan, Saunders assessed the match-up between the two, which is set to take place in Saudi Arabia with a date yet to be confirmed.

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‘Usyk causes him problems, but don’t beat him, Usyk causes any fighter and any heavyweight on the planet serious problems, but Tyson Fury, he’s got the key to his lock.

It won’t be a one-sided beat down until at least six rounds are out the way, but for six rounds Usyk is a dodgy, dodgy character for anybody.”

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Following two wins over Deontay Wilder and two defences of the WBC belt, Fury has found himself in a position to fight for undisputed status in the heavyweight division – the man in the other corner being elite Ukrainian, Usyk.

Speaking to Upfront with Simon Jordan, Saunders assessed the match-up between the two, which is set to take place in Saudi Arabia with a date yet to be confirmed.

It won’t be a one-sided beat down until at least six rounds are out the way, but for six rounds Usyk is a dodgy, dodgy character for anybody.

Both men are undefeated, and Usyk is coming off a second defence of his unified titles against Daniel Dubois.

For the date of the four-belt fight to be made official, Fury first must get through MMA star Francis Ngannou on October 28, something the vast majority of fans and pundits feels he will have no problem doing.

His championship rival will be ringside for the bout.

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