The next instalment to the storied Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder rivalry will head to the east coast as a report claimed that the return fight will be held in an arena in New York.
The World Boxing Council has formally ordered the immediate rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, giving the heavyweight pair its green light to start the negotiations for the return fight. Now, a recent report revealed that the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York will play host to this highly-anticipated rematch, but boxing fans will need to wait until the second quarter to witness another classic heavyweight bout.
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Earlier this month, the WBC voted to order an immediate rematch between the current WBC heavyweight kingpin and the lineal heavyweight champion following their classic title bout last month at the Staples Arena in Los Angeles.
“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 also announced the modification of the usual split from 70-30 to 60-40, citing that Fury deserves bigger share because of his market value.
“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.”
A world titlist would typically earn 70% of the purse bid in a mandatory title fight while the remaining 30% would go to the challenger, but it can be modified by the sanctioning body depending on the case.
The purse bid for the Fury vs Wilder II would be 60-40 in favour of the American champion if both camps were not able to reach a deal before February 5.
Wilder-Fury Rematch Headed To Barclays Center April 27 or May 18 pic.twitter.com/VMQh4B5cyf
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Fury-Wilder II: When and Where?
Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, said that the rematch will happen in the second quarter of the year, with Las Vegas being targeted as the venue.
“The venue is looking like the U.S., that’s where the money is. Tyson was disappointed with the judging with the last fight. As I was, so a lot of things need to be sorted, but the U.S. is where they want it. Probably in the second quarter.
“Vegas would be one of the options. I wouldn’t want to go back to California, I didn’t like working with the Californian commission. There were a lot of things we didn’t like there. Tyson is already in the gym working hard, ticking over. I think we would get it [the fight versus Wilder] before June.”
However, a recent report from Boxing Scene claimed that Barclay’s Center is on the brink of winning the rights to host the rematch after losing it in the first fight.
“Multiple sources have informed BoxingScene.com that a deal to bring the immediate heavyweight championship rematch between Wilder and Fury to the Brooklyn venue is nearing completion. MGM Grand Garden Arena is the other site under consideration among organizers of that Showtime Pay-Per-View event, but a deal to announce Barclays Center as the venue for Wilder-Fury II is expected within the next couple weeks.”
Meanwhile, the report also said that the rematch could happen on April 27. But with another PPV event slated to take place in April, May 18 is also being considered to boost the PPV buy rate. The first Fury-Wilder clash reportedly earned 325 000 PPV buys.
“The Gypsy King” has yet to experience fighting at the Barclay’s Center while the reigning WBC heavyweight champion has starred in three main event bouts at the 19-000 seater indoor arena.
(Featured Image Source: Instagram/Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder)