Wilder hop­ing for a re­match with Fury ‘ASAP’

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

WBC heavy­weight cham­pion Deon­tay Wilder says he wants a re­match with Tyson Fury “ASAP.” Wilder said in a con­fer­ence call Tues­day that he’s “ready and will­ing to give Tyson Fury the op­por­tu­nity ASAP.” The two heavy­weights fought to a split-de­ci­sion draw Satur­day night in Los An­ge­les in one of the big­ger heavy­weight bouts in Amer­ica in years.

“I’m ready when­ever he’s ready,” Wilder said. “I’m ready when­ever he’s ready to do it. I’m ready to give the fans what they want to see and end this talk once and for all.”

Af­ter­ward, the Bri­tish chal­lenger said the two would “100 per­cent” meet again in the ring. Wilder said he doesn’t want to fight any­body else be­fore a re­match.

“Ev­ery­one is talking about this fight. It’s only right for us to go back in and do it again,” Wilder said. “I don’t want any other fights to hap­pen be­tween him and I (meet­ing again).”

Wilder (40-0-1) knocked Fury (27-0-1) down twice late in the fight, in­clud­ing once in the fi­nal round. He was out­boxed much of the way at Sta­ples Cen­ter but was still sur­prised when Fury rose from that 12th-round knock­down — and that the ref­eree didn’t end the fight.

“I saw his eyes roll slowly in the back of his head,” Wilder said. “Many peo­ple felt that should have been waved off. Nine out of 10 refs would have waved that off.”

He in­di­cated the re­match might hap­pen as early as March or April.

Show­time Sports Pres­i­dent Stephen Espinoza said May or June might be more likely, giv­ing the fight­ers more time to re­cover.

In the first meet­ing, Wilder said he let the pres­sure of be­ing in his first pay-per-view fight af­fect him.

“I wanted to end it on a great note,” he said. “I wanted to end it on a dev­as­tat­ing knock­out and I pressed that. I pressed that too much.”

Wilder had lob­bied for a fight with An­thony Joshua, who holds the other three cham­pi­onship belts. He said Joshua and his team are “get­ting what they de­serve” by be­ing side­lined from his two most high-pro­file po­ten­tial op­po­nents.

“We had to show the world what it looks like for the best to fight the best, and look at the out­come,” Wilder said. “No one has talked about Joshua in I don’t know how long and we plan on keep­ing it that way.”

Wilder said he broke his right arm and had surgery about 12 weeks be­fore train­ing camp and threw few right hands dur­ing train­ing, which he feels might have af­fected his accuracy. Co-trainer Jay Deas said lim­it­ing the right in camp was a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure. – AP JA­PAN’S Shoma Uno looked sharp in prac­tice Tues­day as he warmed up in the sub­urbs of Van­cou­ver ahead of the elite Grand Prix Fi­nal.

Look­ing to win his first gold medal at the event in the in­juryen­forced ab­sence of com­pa­triot and Olympic cham­pion Yuzuru Hanyu, Uno ar­rived in Canada on Nov. 29 to give him­self am­ple time to ad­just to the 17-hour time dif­fer­ence.

The Pyeongchang Olympic sil­ver medal­ist nailed all his quadru­ple jumps, while three Ja­panese skaters in the women’s com­pe­ti­tion -- Rika Ki­hira, Sa­toko Miya­hara and Kaori Sakamoto -- also tuned up for the Fi­nal start­ing on Thurs­day.

Uno, 20, won both of his Grand Prix com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son, at Skate Canada and the NHK Tro­phy. Amer­i­can quad king Nathan Chen, the de­fend­ing Grand Prix Fi­nal cham­pion, is ex­pected to pro­vide the main threat to Uno.

Two-time men’s Olympic cham­pion Hanyu will again miss the Fi­nal due to an an­kle in­jury.

Hanyu twisted his right an­kle in prac­tice at the Rost­ele­com Cup in Moscow on Nov. 17.

Ki­hira, who won the NHK Tro­phy on her Grand Prix de­but last month and fol­lowed up with vic­tory at the In­ter­na­tionaux de France, suc­cess­fully landed 14 out of 17 triple ax­els dur­ing the prac­tice ses­sion. “I’m in rea­son­able shape,” said the 16-year-old. “I will get bet­ter if my body moves well.”

Miya­hara will be mak­ing her fourth straight ap­pear­ance at the Fi­nal, while Sakamoto, like Ki­hira, is mak­ing her de­but at the event. – Ky­odo

Photo: AP

Tyson Fury, left, of Eng­land, and Deon­tay Wilder em­brace af­ter their WBC heavy­weight cham­pi­onship boxing match on Satur­day.

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