WBC Prez: Wilder, Fury Owe Rematch To The Fans

The WBC remain "confident" the rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder will occur, but will consider ordering purse bids if it's put in jeopardy.

Fury signing with ESPN has cast significant doubt over the likelihood of him fighting WBC champion Wilder as planned this summer, but the sanctioning body remains determined that arguably the world's most eagerly-awaited fight will imminently happen.

They mandated the heavyweight rematch in December after the initial fight ended in a draw in Los Angeles, and resisted imposing a deadline for purse bids after both parties said that an agreement was close.

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Fury's agreement with ESPN complicates any negotiations, even if Wilder has since indicated he is not committed to rival US broadcaster Showtime. If, as expected, negotiations become too strained, the WBC is ready to intervene.

"They owe it to the fans to make it happen," the organisation's president Mauricio Sulaiman told Press Association Sport.

"I will speak with them. Last week I was communicating with both parties, and they both said that they were very close to making a deal for the fight to happen without the need for purse bids, so that's how we left it on Friday.

"Then on Monday we had that news (regarding Fury's ESPN deal), so I'm now communicating with both to see where they stand regarding those negotiations.

"We will take every single step, hoping to make the fight a reality. I'm hopeful."

While there is no such complication in the UK, where there is little doubt any rematch would be broadcast by BT Sport, it is the identity of the US broadcaster that could ultimately undermine, or at least delay, the fight that was on course for May.

The ordering of purse bids would still not guarantee a rematch given either fighter could still withdraw in the event of it not being won by their preferred broadcaster, and it would also likely interest parties beyond Showtime and ESPN.

"I'll assess their positions, understand the situation, and from there we'll determine the steps to take," Sulaiman added.

"A purse bid's possible. It's their willingness to participate in the bout (that's important); then we'll make a ruling. They might ask for additional time.

"Whenever a fight's been ordered by an organisation it's most likely to happen.

"I don't know (that Fury's agreement with ESPN makes the rematch harder). The current platforms are great."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P4Pdunny on 02-21-2019

lets just get this one done

Comment by SeGoodland on 02-21-2019

[QUOTE=kushking;19528150]He didn't get robbed,he was kd twice & most the early rds were very close & could've gone either way,if Wilder would've been given the Win you can make a case Fury was robbed,but it was a draw & imho…

Comment by jglvz256 on 02-21-2019

[B]W[/B]arren / [B]B[/B]ob's [B]O[/B]utlaws?

Comment by Jax teller on 02-21-2019

[QUOTE=etech1;19528543]WBC = We Be Criminals WBA =World's Biggest A s s holes IBF = I Be Felon WBO = ?[/QUOTE] [QUOTE=Nusky;19528878]WBO=Whores of Bob Of course[/QUOTE] [B]W[/B]hatever [B]B[/B]ob [B]O[/B]rders?

Comment by Oshio on 02-21-2019

Suleiman has the sanctioning fee in sight

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