WBC orders Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury rematch
By Scott Gilfoid: The WBC has officially ordered World Boxing Council heavyweight champion to face challenger Tyson Fury in a rematch, with a purse split of 60/40 in favor of ‘The Bronze Bomber. There’s a scheduled purse bid for February 5, if the management for the two heavyweights aren’t able to negotiate a fight. If the Wilder vs. Fury rematch goes to a purse bid, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn coming up with the winning bid so that he could stage the Wilder-Fury 2 fight on DAZN.
If Hearn can’t negotiate a deal for Fury or Wilder to face Joshua, due to his offers being less than what they want, then the next best thing is to put in the winning bi so that he can stage the Wilder-Fury rematch on DAZN, preferably not in the same month Joshua is fighting.
The 60/40 split is a great deal for Wilder, giving him the lion’s share of the loot for the rematch against 30-year-old former IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Fury. That doesn’t mean that Fury can’t get a better split than that. If he’s willing to walk away from negotiations in order to try and get a 50/50 split, he can do do.
Here’s what the WBC said in a news release on Wednesday about the Wilder vs. Fury rematch being ordered:
“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.”
Fury, 30, would be better off taking a fight against Anthony Joshua, if he could get the 60/40 purse split that Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn was rumored to have offered Tyson last weekend. Unfortunately, the rumor doesn’t appear to be accurate. Even if it was, Fury wants a 50/50 split for the Joshua fight, according to his promoter.
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