WBC green lights Wilder-Fury ‘di­rect re­match’ on pop­u­lar de­mand

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>> LOS AN­GE­LES: The World Box­ing Coun­cil gave the go-ahead on Fri­day for a “di­rect re­match” be­tween their heavy­weight world cham­pion De­on­tay Wilder and Tyson Fury, who bat­tled to a draw in Los An­ge­les last Satur­day.

“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,” the WBC said in a state­ment on Fri­day, ad­ding that it had con­ducted vot­ing through the board of gov­er­nors “which re­sulted in unan­i­mous agree­ment” to sanc­tion the re­match.

Wilder (40-0-1, 39KOs) re­tained his WBC belt af­ter a thrilling 12-round bat­tle ended in a split de­ci­sion draw.

Many thought Fury (27-0-1, 19KOs) did enough to win de­spite be­ing knocked down twice.

On Mon­day, Fury voiced fears that Wilder would seek to duck a re­match.

But Wilder promptly re­jected that claim, say­ing a re­match with Fury was his pri­or­ity over a uni­fi­ca­tion bout with An­thony Joshua, holder of the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.

WBC Pres­i­dent Mauri­cio Su­laiman is all for it.

“I wish to once again con­grat­u­late De­on­tay Wilder and Tyson Fury for their great bat­tle in­side the ring and for the ex­em­plary sports­man­ship af­ter the bout,” he said.

WBC heavy­weight cham­pion De­on­tay Wilder.

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