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Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will have a rematch for WBC heavyweight title after the World Boxing Council ordered that the pair must face off again following their controversial draw in December.
Three years after beating Wladimir Klitschko in Germany and with a huge gap in between world title fights no one gave Tyson Fury a chance in his title fight against Deontay Wilder.
However Fury changed the minds of most people around by going toe to toe with the undefeated American in a fight that, in most people's eyes, the British boxer should have won.
Instead of coming out as the WBC champion Fury came out still undefeated but with a sense of being denied a famous victory by the judges, as those watching ringside called it as a split decision draw.
Today the WBC announced that they were ordering a rematch with the pair having to come to an agreement by February 5th. In a statement the organisation said:
"Consistent with the WBC Board of governors voting regarding the direct rematch between WBC champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, the WBC is hereby notifying both camps that the free negotiation period is opened and if there is no agreement between the parties a purse bid will be conducted by the WBC on Tuesday February 5th .
"The WBC has modified the 70-30 split and has confirmed a 60-40 split in favor of the champion Wilder considering the market value of Fury."
Wilder vs Fury II
The WBC Board of governors informs :https://t.co/qBXIFh9WLz
- World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) January 16, 2019
The news will certainly make fans happy and Wilder and Fury will both relish the chance to prove that they should have won the first fight, it's not such good news for Anthony Joshua though.
AJ had wanted to fight one of the two other undefeated heavyweight champions, with a fight on April 13th at Wembley booked with no opponent, but this news means he may have to wait a while for his chance.
Joshua is instead likely to face fellow Brit Dillian Whyte or American Jarrell Miller for his April fight and have to wait for one of his big rivals in the future.
For everyone else it's the chance to see one of 2018's best and biggest fights all over again and that's an excellent prospect.
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