The heavyweight division is alive in 2019 with three main men at the top of the boxing tree but the fans are in danger of being short changed this year with the big fights proving difficult to make.
Tyson Fury shocked the world last week when he announced out of the blue that he had signed a TV deal in the United States with ESPN to all but end the chances of a rematch with Deontay Wilder.
The two big men fought out a classic draw in LA back in December and it had thought that a rematch was close to being signed with both fighters stating, in public at least, that they wanted the return.
Fury signing with ESPN means that the top three heavyweights in the world all fight for different TV companies with Wilder on Showtime in America and Anthony Joshua tied down to DAZN.
The abrupt nature of the ESPN announcement has riled some and Wilder and Fury have at least had a fight on twitter today in the wake of the announcement that the Brit no longer wants to fight the WBC Champion in his next bout.
Fury was first to reply to a tweet from Wilder which questioned whether or not "The Gypsy King" really wanted the fight...
Get your self a bit more well known in America first kid & then I’ll give you another chance.! I already beat you & the world knows it & so do you must be hard for you that a British fighter has taken over the USA watch me whippppp - (@Tyson_Fury)
Wilder, who holds the one belt Anthony Joshua is looking for, is no shrinking violet though and retorted in similarly angry fashion as the pair feuded in front of the eyes of social media world..
What an ****, known is the fact your only highlight was you getting up off your back and since your known to snort shit, this is what happens when your body is on drugs your body Resembles the effect of it. I’m the CHAMP #TilThisDay your nothing in USA if I don’t bless you fool - (@BronzeBonber)
the world knows I won the fight as did u and ur team. Fool me once shame on you but you won’t fool me twice. Why would I go get robbed again on showtime. My team offered to do you a favour, pay you better and build your name all be it as my workman you big dosser - (@Tyson_Fury)
For the time being at least it appears as if this argument on twitter is the closest fight fans will get to seeing the two big men in the ring but there is no doubt that there is a difference of opinion as to who is to blame for the lack of a rematch. Fury clearly knew when he signed the ESPN deal that it would hinder another fight with Wilder and in truth the biggest losers in all of this are the millions of fans around the world who were desperate to see the two stars get it on again...