WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder has confirmed that a rematch between him and former world champion Tyson Fury is now official.
Wilder made the announcement on his Twitter account, stating that as “America’s champion,” he must “handle all of his controversial fights ASAP.”
The announcement of Wilder-Fury II will not affect the current plans for Wilder’s rematch with Luis Ortiz that Wilder also revealed on social media just days before.
Well, As I always say I’m the realest Champion in the business and as I’ve mentioned before I must handle all my Controversial
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) May 31, 2019
In their first encounter last March, Ortiz troubled Wilder early on, but “The Bronze Bomber” would score a 10th round stoppage. Meanwhile, Wilder’s first fight with Fury saw many give the bout and title to Fury, only for the judges to score the fight a split draw after he knocked down Fury twice, including a final round knockdown that nearly resulted in a KO.
Negotiations for Wilder-Fury II looked close to being completed earlier this year, but Fury, by surprise, signed a co-promotional deal with Top Rank. Fury’s first fight under the banner will take place in just two weeks in Las Vegas, headlining an ESPN+ card against Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Should Wilder defeat Ortiz again and Fury handles Schwarz as planned, Wilder-Fury II could take place in early 2020, according to boxing insider Mike Coppinger.
CONFIRMED: The rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury is a done deal, as Wilder himself just announced. Looks like it will take place in the early part of 2020. First PBC-Top Rank co-promotion since Mayweather-Pacquiao in 2015. I expect a joint PPV, but remains to be seen
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) May 31, 2019
Coppinger adds that Wilder-Fury II would mark the first boxing fight promoted under both Top Rank and Premier Boxing Champions since the highly-anticipated Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather pay-per-view bout in 2015.