Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury: WBC vote in favour of sanctioning immediate rematch


The heavyweights fought to a disputed draw on Saturday night, but will get to face each other again next year

The WBC have voted unanimously in favour of sanctioning an immediate rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.

On Saturday night, the pair battled out a twelve-round epic which was controversially scored a draw by the three judges at ringside.

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s fight was declared a draw

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder’s fight was declared a draw

However, now Wilder and Fury look set to go at it again, with the governing body giving their backing to a second fight – as well as both camps stating that they want a direct return next.

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman stated: “The World Boxing Council conducted a vote 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.”

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