Tyson Fury says Wilder rematch will happen in December


By Scott Gilfoid: Tyson Fury says he’ll be fighting a rematch against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in December in what would be his third fight of 2019. Former IBF/WBA/WBO champion Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) quashed the rumors of him retiring after his third. He says that was a misunderstanding. He’s NOT retiring. Fury plans on continuing to fight for a long time.

Fury and promoter not on the same page?

It’s unlikely that Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) and Fury will be fighting a rematch 2019 unfortunately. Fury’s promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank Boxing has said that a rematch between him and Wilder will be taking place in 2020. Moreover, Wilder’s next two opponents are his May 18th title defense against mandatory Dominic Breazeale (20-1, 18 KOs) are expected to be Adam Kownacki and Luis Ortiz. The rematch with Fury is being talked about in early 2020, but that that’ll depend on whether Top Rank wants to let the fight marinate more. They want to have Fury make a name for himself in the United States before they put him back in with Wilder for a second fight. 

Top Rank has already set Fury up to face unbeaten #2 WBO German heavyweight Tom Schwarz (24-0, 16 KOs) on June 15 on ESPN at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. As such, what Fury says about him fighting Wilder in December has to be taken with a grain of salt as little more than empty blather from him to get boxing fans excited about the prospects of that match taking place down the road. In other words, Fury is name dropping. It’s an old tactic that fighters use to get fans excited about them.

”I think 2019. I think in December, we’re going to do the rematch,” Fury said to Behind The Gloves about his belief that a rematch between him and Wilder will take place in December. ”You’re going to see me kick his ass again. I’ve been back way over a year, and I’m strong at the weight. I don’t have to lose any weight. He had his biggest opportunity of his life to beat me, but he couldn’t do it,” Fury said about Wilder in discussing their previous fight last December. ”Never again will he have the opportunity of a Tyson Fury at 40% of what he should be at three years out of the ring, ten stone weight loss, and he STILL couldn’t beat me,” Fury said.

A lot of fans already think Fury was knocked out in the 12th round by Wilder last December. That was the match in which the referee Jack Reiss gave a count to Fury when was seemingly unconscious in the 12th round after Wilder dropped him with a tremendous right-left combination to the head. For some reason, Reiss didn’t stop the fight despite Fury looking like he was out cold. Most referees would stopped the fight on the spot. Reiss chose to go old school and give a count to the badly hurt looking Fury. Some boxing fans think Fury was given a long count. Never the less, Fury got back to his feet, looking extremely hurt, and the referee let the fight continue. It was surprising to see. There was two instances where the fight arguably could have been stopped, but the referee let it continue. The fight was scored a 12 round draw. Fury thinks he was robbed, but if you look at the knockdown sequence, it appears that Wilder is the one that got the short end of the stick with the fight not being stopped at that moment.

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