- Fury co-promoter Frank Warren announced that Tyson Fury’s next opponent will be German Agit Kabayel.
- Kabayel is the WBC continental heavyweight champion and former European Heavyweight champion.
- Fury is expected to fight on Decemver 5, 2020 at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
With Deontay Wilder out of the equation, Tyson Fury has moved on.
Fury was expected to fight Deontay Wilder a third time after the Gypsy King knocked out Wilder right before the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The third fight was delayed because of the pandemic but was later penciled for a December 19, 2020 date. However, both camps have not come up with a deal and after Fury’s promoter Bob Arum claimed last month, Wilder’s right to exercise a rematch option had expired.
Last month, Fury announced that he would be fighting on December 5th in London against a TBA opponent. On Sunday, Fury’s co-promoter Frank Warren said that they have sent a contract to German heavyweight Agit Kabayel to finalize a contract to face Fury at the Royal Albert Hall.
‼️ Frank Warren has revealed that Agit Kabayel is the chosen opponent for Tyson Fury’s next fight and has now been sent a contract. [@talkSPORT] pic.twitter.com/8fAlLbwyB6
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) November 2, 2020
For sure, Kabayel isn’t in the same level as Deontay Wilder. But before you judge who Fury’s next opponent is, here’s he’s resume:
Former European Heavyweight Champion
Defending European Heavyweight Champion Agit Kabayel gloves up for tonight’s fight against Del Boy! ? #KabayelChisora pic.twitter.com/zJMZE58S0h
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) November 4, 2017
Kabayel is a former European Heavyweight champion, winning the title in 2016 and defending it successfully three times before relinquishing it in 2019. Last July 18th, the 28-year old Kabayel won the vacant WBC continental heavyweight title by defeating Evgenios Lazaridis via unanimous decision.
Born in Leverkusen, Germany, Kabayel has an undefeated record of 20-0 with 13 knockouts. He knocked out 12 out of his first 15 opponents but only has one stoppage win in his last five bouts. On November 4, 2017, Kabayel faced his biggest foe to date in British Derek Chisora at the Casino de Monte Carlo Salle Medcin in Monaco. He outclassed Chisora with quick combinations and jabs. Kabayel won the fight via majority decision ( 115-113, 115-114, and 114-114).
Although Chisora remains the only big name in his resume, the former WBC Mediterranean heavyweight champion has sparred with the best. In the past, Kabayel was snapped in the gym with Tyson Fury himself and he also did some time sparring with unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
Wilder’s Wild Accusations
??Fury Be A Man [email protected]_Fury it is time for you to be a man and honor your agreement.
What is this bullshit of you fighting Carlos Takam instead of me, you got to be kidding… pic.twitter.com/qeo47CfHi4
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) October 31, 2020
While Kabayel stands to gain a lot of mileage in facing Fury, Wilder is the big loser here. The Bronze Bomber hit an all-time low when he lost for the first time in his career to Fury. He was expected to do everything in his power to forge a third fight and redeem himself. However, he’s been scarce since getting knocked out by the Gypsy King.
Earlier this year, Wilder fired trainer Mark Breland who has been with him since he started his professional boxing career. Breland earned Wilder’s ire after he threw the towel when the Bronze Bomber was being beaten up by Fury in the seventh round of their rematch. Wilder was highly critical of Breland, telling media that he wised Breland “would have let him go out on his shield”.
Last week, Wilder made wild accusations during a rant in social media and media interviews. First he claimed that Fury used tampered gloves in the rematch. Next he claimed that Breland spiked his water with muscle relaxers. He also criticized Kenny Bayless and also claimed that the first bout should’ve been a knockout win for him.