After his Tyson Fury fight resulted in a controversial draw, Deontay Wilder took an oath to rematch the ‘Gypsy King,’ ruling out a long-thought Spring heavyweight unification decider against Anthony Joshua.
WBC champ Wilder knocked down Fury twice on their Las Vegas match but has apparently failed to substantially outbox the British heavyweight. The ‘Bronze Bomber’ kept a hold of his belt and is now eyeing at nothing but a rematch to seize his rival’s lineal title.
Prior to Saturday night’s bout, Joshua’s camp was in talks with Wilder over the summer for a unification match. Now that AJ’s promoter Eddie Hearn has set forth to discuss terms for a Wembley showdown on April 13, the 33-year-old’s priority shifted to breaking the draw.
In an interview with The Sun, the WBC titleholder laid out a stomach for a rematch vs the 30-year-old Fury.
“Fury deserves the rematch, it’s only right. God alone knows how Tyson got up from that last round knockdown and maybe the count was slow but I’m not going to complain.”
“Together we brought back the passion for the heavyweight division and with it boxing. Tyson somehow survived and came back from hell. Some people thought he deserved to win, but some people thought I won and some people thought it was a draw.”
Wilder recognised his most recent rival’s effort to keep up with fighting and says a rematch is just right for Fury and for boxing.
“Remember that on the night I was 50lbs lighter and a lot of his punches were pitty-pat. I was the aggressor and thought I won. But seriously, I want the rematch before any other fight. No-one else. It’s his right and it’s good for boxing.”
“I’m ready whenever he’s ready to do it. I’m ready to give the fans what they want to see and end this talk once and for all. I don’t want any other fights to happen between him and I (meeting again).”
Apparently, Fury’s will to get back to his feet after the final round knock down amazed the American fighter so he’s open to a second showdown.
“I saw his eyes roll slowly in the back of his head. Many people felt that should have been waved off. Nine out of 10 refs would have waved that off.”
Wilder’s co-promoter Shelly Finkel also revealed when they are assuming the rematch to happen.
“We’re not even looking at April. After the huge fight on Saturday, May or June is the right time for the right fight, the natural fight, against Fury.”
— TheBoxedOutPodcast (@BoxedOutPodcast) December 3, 2018
Trilogy Talk From Wilder
As for Joshua and Hearn, the Bronze Bomber said they have wasted enough opportunity to get a shot against him.
“They thought they were the only rulers of the heavyweight division. They had four months of opportunity.”
“Their egos got the best of them so let them continue fighting second-tier heavyweights while Fury and I continue making boxing great again. I do not want any other fight. No one else.”
“You thought the first fight with Fury was great, wow, wait for the second. As for Joshua, maybe I and Tyson will do a trilogy.”
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