Fury, Wilder ‘di­rect’ re­match sanc­tioned by WBC

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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.

re­ported.

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.”

MARK J. TER­RILL/AP

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