Wilder wants Fury rematch 'ASAP'

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he is eager for a rematch with Tyson Fury after the two undefeated boxers fought to a thrilling split-decision draw on Saturday.
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WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he wants a rematch with Tyson Fury "ASAP".

Wilder said in a conference call on Tuesday that he's "ready and willing to give Tyson Fury the opportunity ASAP". The two heavyweights fought to a split-decision draw on Saturday night in Los Angeles in one of the bigger heavyweight bouts in the United States in years.

"I'm ready whenever he's ready," Wilder said. "I'm ready whenever he's ready to do it. I'm ready to give the fans what they want to see and end this talk once and for all."

After the bout, the British challenger said the two would "100 percent" meet again in the ring. Wilder said he doesn't want to fight anybody else before a rematch.

"Everyone is talking about this fight. It's only right for us to go back in and do it again," the American said on Tuesday. "I don't want any other fights to happen between him and I (meeting again)."

Wilder (40-0-1) knocked Fury (27-0-1) down twice late in the fight, including once in the final round. He was outboxed much of the way at Staples Center but was still surprised when Fury rose from that 12th-round knockdown — and that the referee didn't end the fight.

"I saw his eyes roll slowly in the back of his head," Wilder said. "Many people felt that should have been waved off. Nine out of 10 refs would have waved that off."

He indicated the rematch might happen as early as March or April.

Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza said May or June might be more likely, giving the fighters more time to recover.

In the first meeting, Wilder said he let the pressure of being in his first pay-per-view fight affect him.

"I wanted to end it on a great note," he said. "I wanted to end it on a devastating knockout and I pressed that. I pressed that too much."

Wilder had lobbied for a fight with Fury's compatriot Anthony Joshua, who holds the other three championship belts. He said Joshua and his team are "getting what they deserve" by being sidelined from his two most high-profile potential opponents.

"We had to show the world what it looks like for the best to fight the best, and look at the outcome," Wilder said. "No one has talked about Joshua in I don't know how long and we plan on keeping it that way."

Wilder said he broke his right arm and had surgery about 12 weeks before training camp and threw few right hands during training, which he feels might have affected his accuracy. Co-trainer Jay Deas said limiting the right in camp was a precautionary measure.

Reuters

Deontay Wilder (right) and Tyson Fury pose after their WBC world heavyweight title fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday (December 1, 2018).

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