Tim smith, vice president of communications for PBC, revealed the three possible rivals he has Deontay WIlder for his return to the ring in 2022, which include Andy Ruiz.
“Deontay he still has a lot of great fights that he can do. There is Andy Ruiz, this Anthony Joshua And this one too Oleksandr Usyk“, He confessed Smith to the PBC Podcast. “The man has a huge heart, but when you look at the complete division we know that it brings excitement to see him in the ring. We know that it is that fighter that turns the public on and raises those expectations.
Wilder lost to Tyson fury by knockout in one of the best fights of 2021. He managed to send the Briton twice in the fourth round.
However, despite his efforts, he was unable to retaliate against Fury and after he was sent to the canvas four times, the referee stopped the contest in the 11th round.
Nonetheless , Smith assured that Deontay it remains one of the strongest cards in the division to organize new fights.
“When you look at the news of the heavyweights you know that he has to be in that top 4 or top 5 of fighters in terms of marketing and ability to knock out whoever they put in front of him,” said the executive. “It is a great attraction for the public.”
Of the three names that he put on the table, Andy Ruiz seems like the most feasible option, since Joshua Y Usyk They will meet in April in a rematch fight, after the Ukrainian’s triumph last September.
Deontay Wilder’s possible rivals for his return
Smith think that Wilder He’s the only heavyweight that could fill the sands in U.S, besides that he feels that Fury he only filled the stages for the rival.
“God bless Tyson fury, but no one was going to see him in such a great show if he didn’t face Wilder ”, pointed. “No one. Maybe the only way would be in England and if he fights with Joshua. If you get to fight with Usyk in England I think if it would be an attraction, but here in U.S no one would come to see them if they don’t fight Wilder“.