When will Bronze Bomber return? Will he fight Tyson Fury again? What about Dillian Whyte, Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr?
Deontay Wilder remains eager to return to the ring soon as he looks to put a difficult 2020 behind him.
The ‘Bronze Bomber’ lost his long-held WBC title to fierce rival Tyson Fury last year in a thrilling rematch in Las Vegas.
Fury put on a career-best performance to destroy Wilder and claim his belt.
Wilder has wanted a third clash with the ‘Gypsy King’ and the chance at avenging that shock defeat.
But the difficulties surrounding the COVID-19 lockdown and the politics of boxing has meant no agreement has been reached and Fury has now moved on.
Wilder has stated he will take legal action to secure a trilogy fight but that is beginning to look unlikely and the 35-year-old American may have to make other plans.
Will Deontay Wilder fight Tyson Fury again?
Wilder insists he is still looking for his next fight as rumours circle that he could retire amid the issues in securing a high-level opponent next.
He said: “We in it for a reason. I love it. I’m in love with it but trust is hard to come by because it’s money.
“Desperate times call for desperate measures. It’s a sport that I love, and I’m going to continue to do it and show my greatness in it.
“I got a lot of things that I want to do in this sport. But politics play a big part in certain things happening. Management, promotion companies.
“Certain guys don’t want their fighters to fight certain guys because they plan for their guys. It’s a lot that goes on. Boxing is a dirty business, man.”
Prior to those comments, Wilder said he would be able to face Fury whenever but believes his old rivals isn’t a ‘man of his word’.
He said: “We’re not going to sit around and wait on a coward that has an obligation to fulfil but ran away from it.
“We’re not going to sit around, we’ve got to get back in the ring. I’ve got a lot of fans looking forward to me stepping back into the ring and doing what I do best.
“I’ve been ready since September. You’re not a man of your word, you’re not fulfilling your obligation.
“I helped you out, I put millions in your pocket, I made you relevant, now it’s time for you to do the same thing, that’s all we’re saying.”
Who else could Deontay Wilder face next?
Dillian Whyte called out Wilder following his knockout win over Alexander Povetkin in March.
Whyte said on Instagram: “I want to punish Deontay Wilder. The coward is full of fear. Come see me fraud clown.”
Prior to the rematch win over Povetkin, Whyte said: “I could fight Deontay Wilder now, regardless. I don’t need to beat Povetkin to fight Deontay Wilder.
“The only thing Deontay Wilder held was the heavyweight championship of the world.
“He wasn’t a big draw, he wasn’t a big ticket-seller. He wasn’t even selling out arenas in America and he’s American.
“So he wasn’t a big draw, he just had the belt and he’s lost the belt, so he’s got nothing now.”
Meanwhile, Wilder has confirmed that he still hopes to fight Anthony Joshua and Andy Ruiz Jr in the remaining years of his career.
He said: “You know, the ones at the top who I haven’t fought, haven’t got my hands on, that’s what I want.
“I know that’s kinda lame a little bit, to not name a name, but anyone I ain’t faced at the top, I’m talking about you.”
When asked if Joshua and Ruiz Jr are top targets, Wilder responded: “Yeah.
“Any fighter that’s at the top that people haven’t seen me fight and people strongly want to see me fight, that’s who I want to fight.
“I can sit here and name names all day, that’s the easy part.
“I’m just gonna go to the top, if it’s someone I ain’t fought, that’s who I want to fight.
“I want to clean the division out. People think I’m gone or I’ve stopped boxing. I haven’t.”