Manager Confirms Deontay Wilder vs Charles Martin Rumors: ‘Deontay Needs to Be Active’

Published 01/19/2021, 8:00 AM EST
BROOKLYN, NY – NOVEMBER 1: Deontay Wilder works out in preparation for his upcoming fight at the Deontay Wilder vs Bermane Stiverne Heavyweight Champiosnhip fight Media workout at Gleason’s Gym November 1, 2017 in Brooklyn, New YorkPhoto by Bill Tompkins/Getty Images)


Deontay Wilder can return and fight former title contender Chris Martin to resurrect himself in the heavyweight division as a Tyson Fury trilogy looks unlikely at this stage. Following a gruesome draw, Wilder lost his WBC crown to Fury in the rematch and he wants to regain it.

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While Wilder remained silent for a long time, he revived himself with some banter on Tyson Fury and accused ‘The Gypsy King’ of avoiding the fight. However, Fury seems to have found an interest in fighting the unified champion, Anthony Joshua. So, it leaves Wilder in the wilderness.

Sports Illustrated reported that ‘The Bronze Bomber’ would return against Chris Martin as a source confirmed the news. That said, Wilder hasn’t moved on from his WBC title loss and knows that being active and stringing together wins is the only way he can earn a title shot again.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 18: Deontay Wilder looks at the crowd and celebrates after knocking out Dominic Breazeale in the first round during their bout for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight championship at Barclays Center on May 18, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)

If Deontay Wilder beats Martin, he can demand the title shot. Meanwhile, Fury and Joshua can fight each other to bring all the heavyweight belts under one roof. It will be beneficial for Wilder too, as he can demand a title shot that can bring him all the heavyweight belts alongside his lost WBC strap.

Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury- The never-ending rivalry

Even though we are two fights down, Wilder and Fury are still bitter rivals. Wilder’s co-manager Shelly Finkel connected with SI via telephone and demeaned Fury for not accepting the trilogy fight. Recalling all the contractual turmoils, Finkel solely blamed Fury.

He said, “We’re going to go for everything we can. I’m a realist with what I am up against. We have an agreement. Even if we didn’t have an agreement, we gave Fury two shots. He has made more money than he has ever seen. Deontay was very kind to him while he was going through his mental problems. Forget everything else, morally he should give him his shot.”

Finkel added, “If we can’t get the Fury fight, Deontay needs to be active.”

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Amid all the confusion, the heavyweight title picture can only get clear if all the elites remain active. Wilder is just one-win away from regaining relevancy, and Fury needs to prove himself against Anthony Joshua. After that, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ and ‘The Gypsy King’ can settle their differences for once and all.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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