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:
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.