WBC Confirms Tyson Fury And Deontay Wilder Rematch 'Officially Not Happening Next'

The highly anticipated rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has officially been called off (for now at least).

The World Boxing Council made the announcement official on Twitter, saying that the Bronze Bomber had a "willingness to fight the rematch."

However, the Gypsy King has "taken on another fight with [the] expectations to do [a] rematch at a later date."

The Ring's Mike Coppinger tweeted ahead of the announcement that unnamed sources had said that Fury would "take an interim fight in May or June before pursuing the rematch with Deontay Wilder in [the] fall."

He added that the 30-year-old Brit is keen to "build his profile in the US on ESPN to make [a] PPV fight a bigger event."

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

As part of the deal, ESPN would broadcast his next five fights in the US while BT Sport continued to show his bouts in the UK.

Fury and Wilder's initial bout took place on 1st December and ended in a controversial draw.

Following on from the fight, the WBC ordered for a rematch between the two boxers for the WBC Heavyweight Championship.

It was reported earlier this month that Fury could have pocketed £20m for the rematch.

Has Fury made the right decision to hold off on a rematch?

Let us know in the comments.

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