Wilder wants Fury re­match ‘ASAP’

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

DEON­TAY Wilder on Tues­day c a l l e d f or a n i mmed i ate re­match with Tyson Fury, dis­miss­ing claims from his Bri­tish riva l he would at­tempt to avoid a re­turn bout af­ter their epic heav y weight duel in Los An­ge­les.

Wilder re­tained his World Box­ing Coun­cil heavy­weight crown on Satur­day af­ter a thrilling 12-round bat­tle ended in a split de­ci­sion draw at the Sta­ples Cen­ter.

Fury, who many ob­servers be­lieve did enough to win de­spite be­ing knocked down twice dur­ing the fight, said on Mon­day he fearedWilder would seek to duck a re­match “at all costs”.

How­ever, the 33-year-old Wilder on Tues­day re­jected that claim in the strong­est pos­si­ble terms, say­ing a re­match with Fury was his pri­or­ity rather than a uni­fi­ca­tion bout with WBA, IBF and WBO cham­pion An­thony Joshua.

“I’m ready to do it again,” Wilder told re­porters on a con­fer­ence call.

“My main goal is Tyson Fury. I’m look­ing for­ward to giv­ing him the re­match as soon as pos­si­ble.

“This is the big­gest fight still in the heavy­weight di­vi­sion, this is the most ex­cit­ing fight in the heavy­weight di­vi­sion and we’re ready to give the fans what they want to see.”

Wilder snatched a draw on Satur­day af­ter Fury some­how re­cov­ered from a dev­as­tat­ing 12th round knock­down by the Amer­i­can cham­pion to fin­ish the fight on his feet.

Wilder said on Tues­day he would make no mis­take in any pos­si­ble re­match.

“He woke up from hell – I want to put him back there,” Wilder said.

Fury, who only re­turned to box­ing this year af­ter nearly three years out of the ring as he strug­gled with de­pres­sion, drink and drug prob­lems, had said on Mon­day he doubted Wilder would grant him a re­turn.

“I’ve got a funny feel­ing he’s go­ing to get his run­ning shoes out and stay away from me at all costs,” Fury said.

But Wilder said a re­match was all but in­escapable.

“It’s only right for us to go back in and do it again. I don’t want no other fights to hap­pen be­tween him or I be­fore then. I want to give Tyson Fury the re­match ASAP.”

Wilder, who on Satur­day had spo­ken en­thu­si­as­ti­cally about a pos­si­ble uni­fi­ca­tion fight with Joshua, mean­while poured cold wa­ter on the idea on Tues­day.

Asked where he now saw Joshua’s place in the heavy­weight peck­ing or­der, Wilder replied: “I haven’t even thought about Joshua. They’re get­ting what they de­serve.”

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