The WBC title rematch is official, but there are still hoops to jump through.
At one of his recent speaking engagements, Tyson Fury has said that his rematch with WBC heavyweight titleholder Deontay Wilder is signed and official, and will take place on Feb. 22, 2020, provided both win fights this fall.
Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KO) and Fury (28-0-1, 20 KO) met last December, the two going to an extremely controversial draw. The two were ordered by the WBC to hold a rematch immediately, but Fury threw a curveball by pulling out of the talks and signing with Top Rank and ESPN.
That led to Wilder defending against mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale on May 18, and Fury facing Tom Schwarz on June 15. Both fights ended fast with dominant performances from the stars.
Next, Wilder will be rematching Luis Ortiz, likely on Sept. 28 in Los Angeles, while Fury has said he’ll be back on either Sept. 21 or Oct. 5, which will keep he and Wilder in line.
If both win their upcoming fights, then they rematch next year in what should be a really big fight, though certainly won’t meet Bob Arum’s 2-3 million pay-per-view buys hopes and dreams.