Tyson Fury next fight: who ‘The Gypsy King’ could face

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Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 will not now happen on December 19, and ‘The Gypsy King’ is looking for another opponent in his next fight.

Fury’s trilogy match with ‘The Bronze Bomber’ was finally scuppered by COVID-19 last week.

And now the 32-year-old Morecambe man (30-0-1) will instead fight in a homecoming bout in the UK on Saturday December 5.

If as expected he emerges victorious, all roads will lead to a blockbusting unification match with Anthony Joshua next summer.

Possible December 5 Fury opponents

The one thing we do know is that Fury’s opponent will be from the latest top 15 in the WBC heavyweight rankings, announced at the start of October.

We also know that most of that top 15 are unavailable. Most of them are already scheduled for other fights in a stacked final quarter of the year.

The fighters who are possible options for Fury include:

Oscar Rivas (26-1)

The 33-year-old Colombian would be a fun fight for the reigning WBC, Ring magazine and lineal world heavyweight king. He won his first 26 professional fights with 18 victories coming inside distance. He suffered his first defeat in his last outing back in July 2019. That came against Britain’s Dillian Whyte for the WBC interim world title at the O2 in London. Rivas did have Whyte on the deck with a brutal uppercut in round 9 but still dropped a unanimous decision to ‘The Body Snatcher’. Currently ranked 8 by the WBC. Promoted – like Fury – by Top Rank.

Efe Ajagba (14-0)

A recent signing for Bob Arum’s Top Rank, which may make the fight easier to make if Fury wants it. The 26-year-old Nigerian has plenty of promise but was slightly disappointing in his first fight for his new promoter. That was a unanimous decision over Jonathan Rice in the Top Rank Bubble in Las Vegas on September 19. Currently ranked 14 by the WBC.

Agit Kabayel (20-0)

The 28-year-old from Germany has an unbeaten record. And his CV does include a majority decision over UK veteran Dereck Chisora in Monte Carlo in 2017. Despite that, a step up to face the best heavyweight in the world would be a huge ask right now. That Chisora victory aside, his record lacks world-level opponents so far. Currently ranked 15 by the WBC. Another from the Top Rank stable.

Charles Martin (28-2-1)

The 34-year-old American was IBF world heavyweight champion and unbeaten when he met Anthony Joshua in London in 2016. Martin was blasted out by AJ inside two rounds. Since then he has won four of his subsequent five bouts, his second defeat coming at the hands of Polish prospect Adam Kownacki in 2018. In terms of size would be a good matchup for Fury as he looks to prepare for a superfight against Anthony Joshua next summer.

Michael Hunter (18-1-1)

Hunter may be undersized at 6ft 2ins and around 215lbs, at least in comparison to the enormous Fury. But the American makes up for his lack of stature with impressive skills which make him a tough opponent for anybody. Drew with Alexander Povetkin in his last outing, on the Anthony Joshua vs Andy Ruiz Jr 2 undercard in Saudi Arabia in December 2019.