By Mark Elezaj
Photo by Harry How/Getty Images
Deontay Wilder announced via social media on Friday that following his September rematch with Luis Ortiz, he has signed a deal for the rematch with unbeaten lineal king Tyson Fury.
“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 fights ASAP. Luis Ortiz is first then Tyson Fury next…”
The two fought back in December when Wilder defended his WBC world heavyweight title against Fury. Wilder knocked Fury down in the ninth and 12th rounds, but Fury was able to get back up both times. The fight ended in a controversial split draw leaving the fight fans wanting a rematch.
According to boxing insider Mike Coppinger, the rematch will take place in early 2020.
Details for Wilder-Fury II have not been announced yet, but the fight is expected to be on pay-per-view and ESPN will be involved. Wilder, who fights for Premier Boxing Champions, deals with Showtime and Fox, while Fury, who is linked with Top Rank, deals with ESPN. The rematch could be a joint venture between ESPN and either one of those networks.
Shelly Finkel, Wilder’s co-manager, also confirmed the rematch, telling Steve Kim of ESPN, “I believed it was going to happen.”
“We can’t take our eyes off Ortiz, and in the first quarter of 2020, Deontay will be fighting Fury in a rematch,” Finkel said.
Of course, before we look into the future, Wilder still has to get through his fight with Ortiz and Fury needs to beat Germany’s Tom Schwarz on June 15 in his Las Vegas debut.
~ The Fighting Voice ~