Tyson Fury would find “the best challenge” if he fights Oscar Rivas on his planned return home, says the Colombian’s co-promoter.
WBC heavyweight champion Fury has insisted that a third fight with Deontay Wilder is off the table. Instead, he plans to defend his title in the UK in December before meeting Anthony Joshua next year.
Fury tweeted on Monday, suggesting he wouldn’t run into Wilder in Las Vegas: “The Gypsy King is coming home. See you all in December. ”
Oscar Rivas is number 8 in the WBC
Riva’s only loss came to Dillian Whyte
Rivas, a former opponent of Dillian Whyte who shares a US-based promoter with Fury in Top Rank, has proven to be a viable option.
“Oscar is fit, available, ranked 8th by the WBC and would love to take on the challenge,” said his co-promoter Yvon Michel Sky Sports.
“Now for December, I think Oscar would be the best and most logical choice for Fury in his first title defense.
“We know Fury loves challenges and fights for the fans. Fury wrote the best story of all for a fighter who became a world heavyweight champion, and I’m sure he knows Rivas’ story.
“Rivas would be the best challenge and a fan-friendly fight.
“Oscar is in training and should fight as a co-feature in Fury vs. Wilder on December 19th.”
Fury’s trainer Sugarhill Steward told exclusively Sky Sports: “Tyson and I agree that another fight in 2020 makes sense, if you stick to the original plan to fight this year.
“I’m very excited to see Tyson back in the ring, to see him grow back into a fighter the world expects to see future fights in his career.”
Colombia-born, Canada-based Rivas is the top ranked WBC contender available.
Oleksandr Usyk will fight Derek Chisora on October 31st and Whyte will fight Alexander Povetkin on November 21st, both of them live on Sky Sports box office.
Luis Ortiz, Joseph Parker and Daniel Dubois have already started fights and Andy Ruiz Jr is still making his comeback.
WBC heavyweight ranking
Champion: Tyson Wut
Mandatory challenger: Alexander Povetkin
No. 1: Deontay Wilder
No. 2: Oleksandr Usyk
No. 3: Luis Ortiz
Number 4: Andy Ruiz Jr.
No. 5: Dillian Whyte
No. 6: Joseph Parker
No. 7: Daniel Dubois
No. 8: Oscar Rivas
No. 9: Filip Hrgovic
No. 10: Michael Hunter
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„“[Rivas] will head an elite pool of fighters in the division who will have a huge say, “said Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank Sky Sports when they signed him for the first time earlier this year.
Rivas has won 26 of his 27 fights – his only loss came on his only visit to the UK when he was featured by Whyte.
“How ironic it would be if Rivas competed for the world title in the WBC heavyweight division ahead of Whyte, who is trying to save his career in his next fight against Povetkin,” added Michel.
“Rivas has proven that he is one of the best heavyweight competitors in the world. He has the ability and is very dangerous for 12 rounds!
“Not only did he knock Whyte down in the ninth round, he also injured him in the twelfth! He killed Bryant Jennings in the twelfth round of their fight before the Whyte competition.
“A battle between anger and rivas would be a very fascinating and meaningful battle that will create awareness and attention everywhere.
“Choosing Rivas is a logical and best possible choice, no doubt about it!”
Why doesn’t Fury fight Wilder?
Anger ended Wilder’s undefeated reign
A trilogy battle for the WBC heavyweight title has been fought since Fury Wilder pulled down at their second meeting earlier this year.
Anger told The athlete: “Wilder and his team played around with the date.
“Then they asked me if I would agree to postpone it until December. I agreed on December 19th.
“Then they tried to change the date back to next year. I’ve been training. I’m ready.
“When they tried to leave on December 19th and push for the next year, enough was enough. I moved on. ”
Frank Warren, Fury’s UK-based promoter, said TalkSport: “Tyson said that enough is enough, he will not wait any longer and he will fight in London in December.”
But Wilder’s team keeps hope.
Shelly Finkel, his co-manager, said Sky Sports that reports of a cancellation are false. He said, “You are wrong, we will fight in December.”
Will Fury still fight Joshua?
Eddie Hearn suggests that contracts for a major, undisputed fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are almost ready
The undisputed title is to be decided between WBC Champion Fury and IBF, WBA and WBO owner Joshua in 2021.
Joshua must first make his next defense against Kubrat Pulev.
Promoter Eddie Hearn previously said Sky Sports about Joshua vs Fury: “It’s our job to paper it up, dot the i and cross the t and make sure the ink is dry.
“We want two fights in 2021. May to the end of June is probably for the first fight, the second falls in November or December.”
Sky Sports schedule
Ritson vs Vazquez – 17. Oktober, live bei Sky Sports
Lewis Ritson versus Miguel Vazquez
Savannah Marshall gegen Hannah Rankin
Thomas Patrick Ward
Usyk vs Chisora - 31. Oktober, live an der Sky Sports Box Office
Oleksandr Usyk versus Derek Chisora
Lee Selby gegen George Kambosos Jr.
Taylor vs Gutierrez – 14. November, live bei Sky Sports
Katie Taylor versus Miriam Gutierrez
Terri Harper versus Katharina Thanderz
Rachel Ball versus Ebanie Bridges
Jamie Cox versus Jack Cullen
John Docherty versus Jack Arnfield
Povetkin vs Whyte 2 – 21. November, live an der Sky Sports Box Office
Alexander Povetkin versus Dillian Whyte
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