By Mark Elezaj
I think it’s safe to say that Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury gave boxing one of the best fights in the heavyweight division in a long time. It was action packed, it was a fun fight to watch and it left us wanting more. It has been a week since both men stepped into the ring and this seems to be all the fight fans are talking about, expressing a strong demand for a rematch.
The World Boxing Council Board of Governors conducted a vote which resulted in a unanimous decision to sanction a rematch between WBC heavyweight champion Wilder and the lineal champion 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 from fans to see a rematch,” Sulaiman said. “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.”
Both Wilder and Fury have spoken about their desire for a rematch. Wilder made it loud and clear during a teleconference with boxing reporters on Tuesday.
“I’m willing and ready to give Fury the opportunity ASAP. It’s only right to give Fury a rematch as soon as possible,” Wilder said. “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 [about who won].”
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren said both parties want a rematch and his fighter is pushing for it to be in the UK.
Wilder’s mandatory challenger is Dominic Breazeale (19-1, 17 KOs), 33, a 2012 U.S. Olympian from Eastvale, California but this decision clears the way for him to move forward with the fight against Fury without being stripped of his belt.
~The Fighting Voice~