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5 Potential Opponents For Deontay Wilder's Next Fight

Tyson Fury taunts Deontay Wilder during fight.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 01: Tyson Fury baits Deontay Wilder in the second round, fighting to a draw during the WBC Heavyweight Championship at Staples Center on December 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Having tasted defeat for the first time since the 2008 Olympics, Deontay Wilder might have a bit of soul-searching to do if he wants to get back on top of the heavyweight division. Assuming he doesn't ask for a rematch with Tyson Fury, Wilder will likely need to climb a stacked ladder of heavyweight contenders before he gets a chance at Fury or Anthony Joshua.

That said, there are plenty of possible fights that Wilder can look into for his next fight. Some offer big prize pools here in the USA, others may require him to leave his comfort zone and fight overseas.

There are also fights that fans have been eager to see for ages that for some reason or other just never materialized. Any number of fights offer Wilder a chance to get back into title contention quickly.

Here are five potential opponents that Wilder could fight next.

Andy Ruiz Jr. (33-2, 22 KOs)

There might not be a bigger potential fight between two American fighters right now than Wilder vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. Both fighters are coming off title losses to Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua respectively. If either one of them wants another crack at one of the British heavyweight champions, they may have to go through each other first.

Alexander Povetkin (35-2, 24 KOs)

Back in 2016, Wilder and Povetkin signed on the dotted line to fight in Russia. But when the former WBA champion failed a drug test, the fight was scrapped. Povetkin is still a top 10 fighter, though, and a fight against The White Lion would show that Wilder can hold his own against elite boxers.

Dillian Whyte (27-1, 18 KOs)

The currently interim WBC Champion, Wilder probably would have had to cross paths with Whyte eventually. Whyte owns recent wins over Joseph Parker, Oscar Rivas and Mariusz Wach, and is hungry for another title fight.

Joseph Parker (26-2, 20 KOs)

The first fighter to beat Andy Ruiz and last 12 rounds with Anthony Joshua, Parker is an fighter that boxing fans have wanted as a future opponent for Wilder. Parker has a fight next weekend against Shawndell Winters in Texas. Wilder might want to buy a ticket or otherwise watch the fight to see if he could match up with the former WBO champion.

Hughie Fury (23-3, 13 KOs)

Tyson's younger, shorter brother has been on the losing end of prize fights against the likes of Alexander Povetkin, Kubrat Pulev and Joseph Parker in the last three years. Considering that a trilogy fight with Tyson will probably take him to England, challenging one of England's top non-champions in England could be a good chance for Wilder to prove himself in hostile territory.

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