WBC world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is very confident that a rematch with Tyson Fury will get finalized.
Back in December, they fought to a controversial twelve round split draw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
The scores were 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113. Wilder scoring a dramatic knockdown of Fury in the twelfth and final round played a major role in the final scorecards.
The performance by Fury was shocking to most experts, because it was only his third fight after returning to the sport from a very long layoff.
After shocking Wladimir Klitschko in November of 2015, Fury had been inactive until June of 2018 due to mental health issues. After two easy comeback bouts, he went straight to a fight with Wilder – which many felt he was taking way too soon in his return.
Wilder is now sitting back and waiting for the second fight to get finalized.
“I think 100% it’s going to be done, it’s just a matter of time. It’s not if it happens, it’s when it happens and we are looking at late April or early May,” Wilder told the BBC.
“A lot of people doubted Fury because of the outside things going on in his life but he had six months of training, he showed up and gave a great performance.
“It was so controversial and everywhere I go it’s all that people are talking about and they want to see a rematch. I can’t see myself drawing with anyone – there has to be a winner. This is what people want and I’m so excited. His team are all scared and they do not want him to fight but Tyson Fury is a man of his word.”
Wilder also took a shot at IBO, WBA, WBF and WBO world champion Anthony Joshua and his promoter Eddie Hearn – who both claim Wilder was unwilling to deal with them for a potential April fight.
“Everyone has to fight everyone. We have to move on with my career and they (Joshua’s promoters) tried to slow it down as they felt they were the man of the division and everything ran around them,” Wilder said.