By: Hans Themistode
Heavyweight World Champion Tyson Fury (28-0-1, 20 KOs) receives high praise for his two-round destruction of the relatively unknown Tom Schwarz 24-1, 16 KOs). Anger wasted little time shaking off his opponent on June 15 in Las Vegas, Nevada. For occasional fans it was an impressive achievement. For those who closely follow the sport, it was clear that Fury would do exactly what he had done on Saturday night.
Fury has now laid the groundwork for a rematch with WBC champion Deontay Wilder. At least it seems that way. The rematch between these two is eagerly awaited but is unlikely to take place before the first quarter of 2020. Fury still has time to re-enter the ring before his big showdown with Wilder.
The ruler champion can increase his profile with yet another big win before taking on Wilder. There is a risk that Fury will be subject to a high degree of opposition, as this could endanger the Wilder rematch. Many would shy away from such dangers, but not with rage. Let's look at who he should measure up to before his mega showdown with Wilder.
Alexander Povetkin (34-2, 24 KOs) is just 6 & 2 and 39 years old at a major disadvantage in a match against Fury. Although the former Olympic champion is several years after his prime, he still has a lot of power. A fight against Povetkin will at least prepare Fury for the kind of power that comes to him in a rematch with Deontay Wilder.
Well, by no means say that they have similar power, but Povetkin has laid more than his fair share of competitors on the mat. Anger needs to prepare for the onslaught on him. Povetkin seems to be the perfect test. He may not have the stature to really disturb Fury, but his one-punch knockout force will keep the ruler champion up to date.
After being positively tested for performance-enhancing drugs in the run-up to his fight against former World Champion Anthony Joshua, Jarrell Miller (20-0-1, 18 KOs) was suspended by the US Federal Reserve for six months WBA. Many feel that his actions deserved a much longer ban, but Miller, as is often the case with boxing, got a break. Miller and WBC champion Deontay Wilder have two completely different fighting styles.
Wilder finishes his competition with just one shot, while Miller uses his excellent cardio and punch to outdo his opponents. A match between Miller and Fury would give the ruler champion a fight that would strengthen his already high profile. As for the matchup itself, Fury should be able to defeat Miller's loud mouth. Building their competition would be legendary as both men are fantastic at the microphone.
Former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (25-2, 19 KOs) has a date with long-faded heavyweight contender Eric Molina on June 29. Assuming he has survived this contest unscathed, a matchup between Parker and Fury would be interesting. The former defending champion suffered defeats by Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte, but is far from able to compete with the best in the world.
With all due respect to Tom Black, but he is not the right opponent Fury can face before a fight with Wilder. Parker would deliver a much stricter test. It's a fight that Fury might lose very well, but if he really believes he's the best heavyweight in the world, a matchup with Joseph Parker is paramount.