On the back of what will go down as one of the greatest heavyweight fights of the modern era, Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury looks on course to become a TRILOGY.
The pair of top division superstars traded blows on Saturday night in Los Angeles. They enthralled the sport in a see-saw battle.
Ending in a controversial draw, with arguments on both sides, TWO MORE fights are now viable moving forward.
The usual route to a three-bout saga is a victory for one boxer by a tight margin or debatable decision. This is then followed up by a second contest won by the previous loser.
A rubber match then determines a final outcome.
This recipe is a tried and tested formula. Although the Wilder v Fury stalemate means more than one repeat is already in play.
Wilder and Fury are both keen to settle the score in another offering, potentially at venues in Manchester or Las Vegas.
Fury visited his home stadium of Old Trafford on Wednesday evening, outlining his desire to bring Wilder to the UK.
This is where a trilogy could be necessary from the outset. It’s no secret Wilder and his backers at Showtime are certain to demand Fury heads back to the US.
Pay-Per-View numbers approaching 400,000 can firmly be built on. But not if Fury has his way to take the fight out of America.
Wilder v Fury II will be required to take place stateside once again, in order to fully capitalize on the potential to score bigger numbers.
Predictions of 600-800k buys for a second helping are being bandied about. Although these totals are only viable on United States soil.
Therefore, an agreement may have to be reached on all sides to stage Wilder v Fury II in Nevada. If agreed, a third fight can then head to the North West of England.
Once SHO PPV have established their maximum target, which would be reached in the next match-up, it’s thought the broadcasters would then be on board with Fury’s request.
The chances are Wilder and Fury will trade blows again in the summer, likely at the T-Mobile Arena. Then head to Old Trafford in the late spring or summer of 2020.
In between fights, Wilder or Fury would be able to take care of the WBC mandatory situation using a window in the fall of 2019.
All of this obviously means bad news for Anthony Joshua’s undisputed plans. They would be completely off the menu until late 2020 – at least.
The winner of Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora 2, IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev and contender Jarrell Miller could then be given their opportunity to challenge in the meantime.