The Rematch is Officially Signed… Assuming Deontay Wilder Can Get Past Luis Ortiz, A Rematch With Tyson Fury Will Definitely Go Ahead…
One of the three biggest fights in heavyweight boxing is set to go ahead. Deontay Wilder has agreed on a deal to fight Tyson Fury in a rematch of their epic first clash. This is not fake news. It has been confirmed by a number of boxing outlets and respected journalists, including Lance Pugmire and Gareth Davies.
Their first match ended in a controversial draw. Most fans believed that Fury had outpointed Wilder across the twelve rounds, dominating the fight with his eccentric and slick movement. However, he did get knocked down twice by the WBC champion. The second time around the referee was slow with the ten-count, but Fury rose to his feet like a zombie.
It’s one of the rare occasions where a rematch is actually the right move. We didn’t think we’d get it after Fury signed with Top Rank and by defacto with ESPN. But now it’s definitely on.
Well, As I always say I’m the realest Champion in the business and as I’ve mentioned before I must handle all my Controversial
— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) May 31, 2019
Wilder confirmed the news on social media. It came out of nowhere and was all the more surprising because he had only just announced another rematch, with the dangerous Cuban veteran Luis Ortiz. Assuming he can get past Ortiz, who gave Wilder one of the toughest fights of his career so far, then a fight with Fury will go ahead in early 2020. He tweeted:
“By no means I’m I looking pass Ortiz, He’s a dangerous fighter but I am looking through him.
I’m the best
ain’t No guess’N…
what other champion
Give you what your Miss’N…”
Got that #FridayFeeling 🕺
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) May 31, 2019
Fury is one-third of the three best heavyweights in the world. While he hasn’t held any belts since they were all stripped, he is still on paper the lineal heavyweight champion. He’s also better movement and footwork than his immediate rivals Wilder and Anthony Joshua.
This fight is set to be co-promoted by Top Rank and ESPN in a joint pay-per-view Boxing fans will have some hope that maybe in the future the promoters will be able to work together better and give the fans the fights they want. It should also come as no surprise that Wilder announced this fight the week that Anthony Joshua is making his US debut.
While Wilder has to get past the dangerous but ageing Ortiz, Fury also has at least one fight to get through as well. Germany’s Tom Schwarz is the first name on his list in what is set to be a grossly expensive waste of everybody’s time. Ok, Schwarz may pull off the upset and it would be amazing. But it’s ridiculously unlikely.
Hopefully, the winner of this fight – and the WBC title – will then move on to fight Anthony Joshua and finally unify the heavyweight division. It’s been far too long since we’ve had a unified championship. While the current crop of fighters may not be as good as the legends of old – they’ve all got clear weaknesses and flaws – the fact that we’ve got three potential champions is exciting. Please don’t waste them.