By Mark Elezaj
Deontay Wilder (42-1-1, 41 KO’s), who was stopped by Tyson Fury (30-0-1, 21 KO’s) in the seventh round of their much anticipated rematch in Las Vegas last Saturday night, says that he will exercise the rematch clause with Fury later this year.
Both Bob Arum and Frank Warren, who co-promote Fury, have stated to BT Sport that Wilder has officially exercised his contractual rematch.
In a recent video posted on his social media site, Wilder made a promise to his fans that this time things will be different.
“Hello, my people. My Bomb Squad army. My Bomb Squad nation. To all my loved ones around the world. I just want to let you know I am here. Your king is here.
“We ain’t going nowhere, for the war has just begun. I will rise again. I’m strong. I am a king, you can’t take my pride. I am a warrior. I’m a king that will never give up.
“I’m a king that will fight to the death. And if anyone doesn’t understand that, don’t understand what it is to go to war. (They) don’t understand what it is to fight.
“We will rise again. We will regain the title. I will be back. We will hold our heads up high. “Your king is in great spirits. We will rise like a phoenix from the ashes and regain the title.
“I’ll see you in a few months, for the war has just begun. All my love to all my people.”
Bob Arum has stated the he feels the rematch will most likely take place in Las Vegas.
“One hundred percent Fury vs Wilder III will be in America,” Arum told World Boxing News.
“MGM has been very good to us and the fight did extraordinarily well.
“It had a gate of close to $17 million dollars. They are already talking about raising the prices so that the gate would be over $20 million.
“Not to mention, there’s a great appetite for it. We sold every ticket and they were scalping tickets for the fight in the street.”
“So yeah. why wouldn’t we do it again? – Yeah, sometime in the summer. But not at the end (of the summer). Maybe some time, as contracts provide, in the middle of July.”
Wilder vs. Fury 2 broke the gate record for a heavyweight boxing fight in Nevada, as per Todd DuBoef, president of promoter Top Rank.
DuBoef told ESPN that the fight, had a sell-out crowd of 15,816 and generated over $16.9 million.
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