WBC sanction rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder

British boxer felt hard done by in not winning despite being knocked down twice

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury during their WBC world heavyeight title fight in Los Angeles. Photo: Tom Hogan/Inpho

Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury during their WBC world heavyeight title fight in Los Angeles. Photo: Tom Hogan/Inpho

 

Deontay Wilder faced fresh calls to accept a rematch with Tyson Fury after the World Boxing Council sanctioned a second fight between the two heavyweights.

The WBC, the organisation through which Wilder holds the world title he retained after an enthralling draw with the British fighter, said “a direct rematch has been approved” following a vote of its board of governors.

In a statement, it said: “The World Boxing Council conducted voting … 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.”

Fury previously held the WBA Super, IBF and WBO world titles after beating Wladimir Klitschko three years ago, but was stripped of the IBF title after failing to face the mandatory challenger and vacated the remainder amid doping controversy and mental health problems. Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter, said on Monday that he planned to begin talks over a rematch. – Guardian service

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