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Frank Warren hopeful of securing rematch as Wilder confesses serious injury

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Frank Warren plans to begin negotiations for a lucrative rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder imminently.

In his role as Fury’s promoter, and alongside the British Boxing Board of Control, he has made a complaint to the WBC over the scores that meant their thrilling world heavyweight title fight, at Los Angeles’ Staples Centre, concluded as a draw.

His hope is that the sanctioning body order an immediate rematch, but speaking post-fight – having already spoken of his desire for a rematch – Wilder also reiterated his willingness to fight IBF, WBA and WBO champion Anthony Joshua.

A fight between the two champions for all four titles might even prove richer than Wilder-Fury II, but in the present circumstances would represent an injustice and also seems unlikely, with Joshua expected to fight Dillian Whyte at Wembley on April 13.

The likeliest outcome would appear to be Wilder-Fury II in a Las Vegas casino, also in the coming spring.

With his fighter’s reputation enhanced, Warren told Press Association Sport: “You’d think they’d want the rematch. They’ve said they do.

“I think it’s got a good chance of coming to London. You’d have a 90,000 gate at Wembley, so you’re talking serious money. But with Tyson, he’ll travel – he’ll go where the money is, for March, April."

Meanwhile, some surprising news has also emerged from the Wilder camp on Tuesday.

The WBC champion has revealed his preparation for the fight was hampered heavily by suffering a broken arm.

It is believed he suffered the injury while sparring and actually required surgery to fix the problem.

"12 weeks before camp I broke my arm," Wilder said.

“We had surgery and everything. I broke my arm from right here up to here, I got the cut. We had surgery and everything.

"I was sparring, just getting ready. I was getting the best of my sparring partner. I was going to the body, his elbow was out and my bones and his elbow went in like a hammer to a nail and just broke it.

"We don't make excuse. That whole camp I rallied through, I barely threw any punches my whole entire camp."

In some ways, that might just make Wilder's performance more impressive, even if he was widely considered fortunate to walk away with a draw and his world title belt still wrapped around his waist.

Don't think it is the last we've heard on this one...

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Heavyweight
Deontay Wilder
Tyson Fury
Boxing

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