Fury, Wilder ‘direct’ rematch sanctioned by WBC
The WBC sanctioned a “direct rematch” between heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
Britain’s Fury and American Wilder shared a controversial and thrilling draw in Los Angeles on December 1, BBC Sport reported.
Both fighters have said they want a rematch, while Fury is pushing for it to be in the UK.
The WBC said in a statement there was a “unanimous agreement” to sanction a rematch in a meeting of the board of governors.
“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,” it said.
“The WBC is happy to confirm a direct rematch has been approved.”
Wilder’s mandatory challenger is Dominic Breazeale but this decision by the WBC clears the way for him to fight Fury again next without being stripped of his belt.
Although Fury was knocked down in the ninth and 12th rounds, many observers thought the 30-year-old Briton French champions Paris Saint-germain quashed reports the club could be forced to sell either Kylian Mbappe or Neymar in a bid to circumvent eventual Financial Fair Play (FFP) sanctions.
Qatar-owned PSG is one of a number of clubs under scrutiny from UEFA’S FFP regulations after splashing a combined total of more than €400 million in 2017 for Brazil star Neymar and World Cup winner Mbappe, AFP reported. should have won the bout, which was scored 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113.
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren said he and the British Boxing Board of Control would write to the WBC demanding another bout and asking for an explanation of the scoring, with Mexican
Rival clubs and even the president of Spain’s La Liga championship, Javier Tebas, bemoan the lack of sanctions for PSG, which according to recent leaked documents has violated the strict financial regulations put in place by European football’s ruling body.
UEFA still have their eye on PSG and their finances and daily sports newspaper L’equipe claimed late on Friday that any future sanctions could see the judge Alejandro Rochin having awarded Wilder seven of the 12 rounds.
Fury said he had “never seen a worse decision in my life” and described it as a “gift” for his opponent.
In an Instagram post in response, Wilder, 33, said, “You saw the best Fury but you did not get the best Wilder and I still managed to get the job done.”
Wilder also questioned if referee Jack Reiss’ count was too slow in Fury’s remarkable rise from the canvas in the 12th round, which Reiss denied.
Aleksander Ceferin, the president of UEFA, this week said City had “a concrete case” to answer and pledged an outcome “very soon”.
Across Manchester on Friday, Jose Mourinho suggested that authorities must clamp down on City’s spending in order for his Manchester United side to be able to challenge its city rival.
Guardiola, however, is sure City will avoid a Champions League ban having discussed the matter with Khaldoon almubarak, the club’s chairman.
“We will not be banned, no,” Guardiola, who won two European Cups at Barcelona, said at his press conference to preview Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.
“That’s what I think because I trust in my chairman, with my CEO, what they have explained to me. I trust in them.
The City manager added, “If it happens because UEFA decide that, we will accept it and move forward.”
Der Spiegel alleges that City illegitimately circumvented FFP regulations through a variety of techniques, including sponsorship deals and the sale of image rights to third parties.
The allegations are based on information and internal emails obtained by Football Leaks, a whistleblowing group.
City has consistently refused to comment on “purportedly hacked or stolen” materials.
club sell one of its most coveted stars.
But PSG was quick to shoot down the report.
“In an article published on their website on Friday night, L’equipe dared to say that ‘PSG is ready to lose Kylian Mbappe or Neymar Jr. to avoid FFP sanctions’,” said a statement issued by the club.
PSG “vehemently denies these totally false and ridiculous allegations, which serve only to recreate a climate of tension between the club and this media outlet.”
The front page of L’equipe on Saturday carried pictures of both Mbappe, the 19-year-old who struck in a 4-2 World Cup final win over Croatia last summer, and Brazil star Neymar while page two claimed the club is “ready to lose a star”.
UEFA’S FFP rules mean clubs are forbidden from spending more money than they generate.
UEFA’S auditors opened an investigation into PSG in September 2017 following the purchase of Neymar from Barcelona and Mbappe from Monaco earlier that summer.
The case was shelved in June 2018, before being reopened in September 2018. PSG reacted by appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), claiming it has met UEFA’S FFP demands.
A UEFA spokesman said last month, “We will have to wait for CAS’S decision on PSG’S appeal before looking at this issue.”
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