Wilder-Fury 2 Is NOT Coming Next



Wilder-Fury 2 Is NOT Coming Next

Word dropped Tuesday afternoon that we are not going to see an immediate rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.

This seemed likely when Fury latched on with the crew on the other side of the street, the Top Rank promotion. Wilder is a PBC boxer, and has been fighting on Showtime and FOX, and now Fury is an ESPN boxer. Thus, no way to say WHEN these two behemoths will get on the same page and so a sequel, being that adversaries and rivals will not find it close to being easy to make a deal.

“.@BronzeBomber vs @Tyson_Fury is officially not happening next. The @WBCBoxing 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.” That was the Tweet by WBC prez Mauricio Sulaiman, and his vested interest right now has most top do with that ‘BC belt, which is in possession of Wilder.

Showtime boxing boss Stephen Espinoza noted his dismay at this development; Sho had worked hard to promote the Fury v Wilder face-off, and it did a good enough PPV number to warrant a re-do. Now, the re-do is doo-doo. Yes, the division is now in a greater state of flux, because of the Top Rank move.

Oh, Wilder didn't care for that Tweet. His response:

Deontay Wilder insults Tyson Fury for taking another fight before rematching him.

One would assume that the fight will get made, but you know what they say about assumptions. Fury versus Anthony Joshua, should AJ get past Jarrell Miller on June 1, that would be the biggest UK vs UK bout every made in the pugilism sphere, so that gives Fury another A side option besides TBB. If Miller beats AJ, he gets added to the A side pile, but as of now, there are only three inside the heavyweight gates.

Wilder, we'd guess, gets taken care of so he stays within the PBC side of the playpen…

Looks like many folks are angry that the rematch plan was brought off the rails and blame Top Rank for muddying the mix, as Bob Arum has stated he'd like Fury to do some time at the marination station, and let Americans get to know him more before he engages in A side vs A side bouts.

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Founder/editor Michael Woods got addicted to boxing in 1990, when Buster Douglas shocked the world with his demolition of the then-impregnable Mike Tyson. The Brooklyn-based journalist has covered the sport since for ESPN The Magazine,, Bad Left Hook and RING. His journalism career started with NY Newsday in 1999. Michael Woods is also an accomplished blow by blow and color man, having done work for Top Rank, DiBella Entertainment, EPIX, and for Facebook Fightnight Live, since 2017.