Wilder-Fury 2 off for now, ac­cord­ing to WBC

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The WBC heavy­weight ti­tle re­match be­tween cham­pion Deon­tay Wilder and Tyson Fury is off for now.

The two fought to a draw in De­cem­ber and were ne­go­ti­at­ing a re­match. But WBC Pres­i­dent Mauri­cio Su­laiman said Tues­day he re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion from Fury that the chal­lenger would look else­where for his next bout.

“Deon­tay Wilder vs Tyson Fury is of­fi­cially not hap­pen­ing next,” Su­laiman tweeted. “The WBC Box­ing has re­ceived com­mu­ni­ca­tions as our process, and while WBC Cham­pion Wilder con­firmed its will­ing­ness to fight the re­match, Fury will take on another fight with ex­pec­ta­tions to do re­match at a later date.”

Wilder is now ex­pected to take on Do­minic Breazeale, who is the next manda­tory WBC chal­lenger.

An­thony Joshua, who holds the other ma­jor heavy­weight belts, will take on Jar­rell Miller in June in New York.

Wilder (40-0-1) floored Fury (27-0-1) in the ninth and 12th rounds on Dec. 1, yet Fury out­boxed Wilder for large por­tions of the re­main­der of their show­down at Sta­ples Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les. Fury looked fin­ished when Wilder put him flat on his back with two min­utes left in the fight, but he rose and made it to the bell.

Judge Robert Tap­per scored the fight 114-112 for Fury, while Ale­jan­dro Rochin fa­vored Wilder 115-111. Judge Phil Ed­wards had it 113-113.

The next day, Wilder in par­tic­u­lar pushed for a quick re­match.

“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.”

The Bri­tish chal­lenger said the two would “100 per­cent” meet again in the ring, but 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).”

Looks like that won’t be the case.

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