WBC champion Deontay Wilder has been ordered to take a rematch with Tyson Fury and defend his heavyweight title against the Brit for a second time.
The Bronze Bomber kept his WBC title after a split decision draw in the first meeting with Fury in December, and the WBC has informed both fighters they must agree deal for a second fight or a purse bid will take place on February 5, with a 60-40 split in Wilder’s favour.
Current unified champion Anthony Joshua had hoped to share a ring with Wilder himself in an undisputed title clash for all the belts on the line at Wembley on April 13, but the WBC has officially enforced their champion to make his next title defence against Fury.
The WBC put out the following statement: “Consistent with the WBC Board of governors voting regarding the direct rematch between WBC champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, the WBC is hereby notifying both camps that the free negotiation period is opened and if there is no agreement between the parties a purse bid will be conducted by the WBC on Tuesday February 5th.
“The WBC has modified the 70-30 split and has confirmed a 60-40 split in favour of the champion Wilder considering the market value of Fury.”
Speaking after events of his shock draw, Fury questioned the judges’ verdict in a fight that he thought he clearly won, expressing his interests to fight Wilder again.
Fury was quoted as saying “Listen 100 per cent we’ll do the rematch, but we’re going to go away, recalculate, see what’s going to happen, get back together,”
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn had revealed earlier in the week how the 30-year-old had also reached out to him about a potential fight with British rival Joshua at the national stadium.
Hearn was quoted as saying “There’s a man that knows he can have this fight, if he wants it,”
“I’ve spoken to him. He knows if he wants to fight Joshua, it can happen April 13.”
By Kenny Leavett.