Report- Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder II: WBC demand heavyweight rematch – Fury wants Manchester | Boxing | Sport

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Updated: December 7, 2018
Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder II: WBC demand heavyweight rematch - Fury wants Manchester | Boxing | Sport

Following the controversial split decision draw last weekend in Los Angeles, Fury’s promoter Frank Warren confirmed he would be writing to the WBC in hope of a rematch being ordered.

The Gypsy King’s request has been met by the WBC, who can demand certain bouts for their world champions.

A statement released on Friday night said: “The World Boxing Council conducted a voting through the Board of Governors, which resulted in a unanimous agreement to sanction a direct rematch between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.

“Wilder and Fury gave boxing one of the best fights in the heavyweight division in a long time, which has created tremendous popular demand for the fans to see a rematch.

“The WBC is happy to confirm that a direct rematch has been approved and will create in a ruling which will also consider the mandatory status of the division.

“I wish to once again congratulate Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury for their great battle inside the ring and for the exemplary sportsmanship after the bout.”

The announcment by WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman scuppers any plans Wilder had to fight Anthony Joshua on April 13 at Wembley.

Joshua, who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight world titles, has sought an undisputed bout with Wilder since the summer, but Wider’s camp have been forced into a raincheck.

It is believed that Wilder made $14million (£10.9m) from his defence against Fury, while the Mancunian made $10m (£7.8m).

A rematch would doubtless see those numbers rise, but now the second edition faces other questions: where and when?

Both fighters’ goal after their rematch will be to dethrone Anthony Joshua, if he manages to defend his three straps.

With that in mind, it makes sense for Wilder vs Fury II to coincide with AJ’s fight pattern, which starts again on April 13 at Wembley.

Therefore, it is likely the rematch will similarly occur at a similar time – but whether that is the ‘spring’ or ‘fall’ will be decided in negotiations between the two camps.

Fury, however, revealed his utopian venue for the rematch while watching his beloved Manchester United draw against Arsenal the other night.

Asked if the next fight could be in Manchester, Fury said: “Frank Warren said Arsenal, I said: ‘No, let’s have it at Old Trafford.’

“Hopefully we can have it here in the summer.”