Wilder rematch not next on Fury's agenda

Last week, it was announced that Fury had signed a reported £80m deal with the United States network.

The day after their December fight, Wilder in particular pushed for a quick rematch.

But Warren hopes that a bout between Fury and Wilder can be rescheduled for either September or October. Fury still hopes to face Wilder again before the end of the year.

Fury's new deal with ESPN was always likely to complicate matters as the "Bronze Bomber" is contracted to Showtime.

However, Fury has since opted to pull out of the rematch having informed the WBC of his decision earlier this week, with WBC president Mauricio Sulaimán confirming that the fight is off on social media.

DuBoef declined to comment further to ESPN.

The fight breathed life into the heavyweight division and had both talking up a rematch as soon as it was over, but the WBC said fans would have to wait for the matchup.

The World Boxing Council confirmed later on Tuesday that the rematch would not be happening next and revealed that "while Wilder confirmed his willingness to fight the rematch, Fury will take on another fight with expectations to do rematch at a later date".

Fury posted to social media Tuesday afternoon. We knew you only said this bec you knew you wasn't fighting me next.

'You requested a warm-up fight first.

"Get your self a bit more well known in America first kid & then I'll give you another chance.!", the Englishman tweeted. "If you're watching Deontay, I'm coming for you".

Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said after the signing that he would send Wilder's team "a tremendous offer" for a multifight deal that would include a rematch with Fury later this year.

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. At the moment, we're waiting for the list of fighters, and once we've got it we'll pick the opponent. Fury somehow managed to get up and finish the fight. The proposal Top Rank sent was for a fight first and there's no reason we can't do our own fight if we're not fighting Fury next.

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

  • Stacy Allen