By Ollie Salt, courtesy of The Daily Star
DEONTAY WILDER’s team will ‘probably’ make another offer to Anthony Joshua for an undisputed heavyweight showdown.
Wilder retained his WBC title in a pulsating split decision draw with Tyson Fury in Los Angeles last night.
After being outboxed for the majority of the contest, the Bronze Bomber produced two stunning late knockdowns to ensure the much-coveted green belt would not change hands.
In the 12th and final round, the champion seemingly knocked Fury out cold with a breathtaking right-left combination that had him dancing in celebration.
Yet, to everyone’s astonishment, the Gypsy King managed to climb off the canvas and finish the round on top to cap a sensational bout.
And Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel did not expect Fury to return to his feet after such a brutal knockdown.
“I thought Fury wouldn’t get up in that 12th when he got dropped,” he told iFL TV.
“It showed he had a lot of guts. He’s something special too.
“I believe Deontay did not fight the fight he trained for. He was anxious and figured ‘oh I’ll just knock him out.’ You don’t just knockout Fury.
“And when Fury was ducking, Deontay was winging.”
The general consensus heading into last night’s fight was the winner would launch themselves into prime position to face unified chief Anthony Joshua next year.
Joshua, who has another date at Wembley Stadium already pencilled in for April 13, will most likely be forced to wait for a career-defining clash with either man.
‘AJ’ was offered $50 million by Wilder and Finkel to take on the former this year, yet his promoter Eddie Hearn turned it down.
Finkel, though, says they will ‘probably’ make another offer to Joshua and Hearn.
When asked if a rematch with Fury is priority, Finkel replied: “Probably so, but that’s this moment.
“If Mr [Eddie] Hearn calls and says: ‘I’m offering this and that’ and it’s anything realistic, maybe it’ll change.
“If he wanted to make the match, you make a match. You sit down and you make an offer, or why is it him making an offer? Why don’t we make an offer? We did. We offered them 50 million. He didn’t take it."