[SPORTS] Boxing news: WBC sanction ‘direct rematch’ between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury

Fury climbed off the canvas in the final round (Picture: PA)

The WBC have voted in favour of ordering a ‘direct rematch’ between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.

Fury and Wilder are already in talks about a second fight after their first encounter in the ring ended in a controversial draw.

Frank Warren wrote to the WBC to ask for the immediate rematch to be sanctioned in a bid to ensure Wilder would have to negotiate another fight.

The WBC have now granted that request, as president Mauricio Sulaiman explained.

He said: ‘The World Boxing Council conducted a vote through the Board of Governors, which resulted in a unanimous agreement to sanction a direct rematch between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and 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 for the fans to see a rematch.

‘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.

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Most onlookers scored the fight a clear win for Fury (Picture: Getty)

‘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.’

Fury is eager to have the rematch in the UK, with Wembley and Old Trafford potential venues.

However, WBC champion Wilder wants to stage the second fight in Las Vegas, and the location of the bout could be a major sticking point in negotiations.

Fury will not want to risk another ‘robbery’ on US soil after the judges for the first fight were heavily criticised for their scorecards.

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Originally Authored By: Coral Barry

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