Frank Warren is scratching his head at Anthony Joshua’s continued pursuit of a fight with Deontay Wilder.
The Hall of Fame promoter, who oversees talks over a rematch with Wilder, believes Tyson Fury has proved his case as the best heavyweight in the world.
Before December 1st, Fury had a lot to reveal regarding what was left in the tank. This following a lengthy 30-month absence from the sport.
After sharing twelve pulsating rounds in Los Angeles, Warren is adamant. Fury is the number one in the top division.
“Tyson answered all the question marks held against him before the fight and proved himself more than ready to be back operating at the highest level,” said Warren.
“Don’t forget, this was a fight, according to a certain someone, that first of all was never going to happen. Then it didn’t sell any tickets, and finally, of course, Tyson Fury is the most boring fighter out there.
“Tyson Fury is now in the driving seat. He is the No.1 heavyweight in the world. Of course, he would like to have had the belt because they are the sports trophies, but he has got something none of the others have got. He is the lineal champion, and he reaffirmed his position as the top man of the division.
“I said whoever won the fight would be the No.1, and in my eyes and that of numerous astute judges, Tyson did win, and he is the champion.
“I must give a special mention to Ben Davison, who did exceptionally well on the night in what was the culmination of his fantastic work in getting Tyson into shape and preparing him for the fight.
“Everyone had doubts about him, given his experience, but it just shows you what a student of boxing Tyson is to pick him as his trainer. He obviously saw something that nobody else did in giving a young man his opportunity and it worked brilliantly for both of them.”
On Joshua wanting to gazump the Fury return and face Wilder himself in an undisputed unification, Warren added: “We are told Wilder will now be pursued as an opponent for Anthony Joshua, but why are they not saying they want to fight Tyson?
“If you conducted a poll of boxing fans asking which fight they would prefer to see, I am pretty sure we all know what fight would top the charts.
“Whether Joshua would withstand Wilder’s punching power, I am not so sure. Remarkably, when Wilder put Tyson down, he actually finished the rounds the stronger of the two.
“When he got put down the last, I did think it was all over. He told me later that he used the time to get his legs back in working order because he didn’t want to get up on wobbly legs, so he laid still before getting up. Tyson is not only a warrior but also a smart boxer.
“It was a brilliant, brilliant fight, and the referee Jack Reiss played a big part in it by letting it flow. It was so much more entertaining than the Wladimir Klitschko fight because big Wlad is a safety-first merchant, so one was never likely to catch fire.
“Tyson, by rights, really should be a shoo-in for the Sports Personality of the Year award because there is no bigger personality in sport than Tyson Fury.
“He has shown the world that he is now back in business as the top heavyweight on the planet,” he concluded.
Wilder v Fury is tipped to take place in the late spring. Las Vegas and Manchester are said to be strong considerations for the second bout.
For Joshua, an April 13th clash with Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora’s winner has been on the cards since September.