WBC order rematch for Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury with February deadline for agreement

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

Boxing fans around the world have been beginning to grow increasingly frustrated due to stalls in negotiations for the highly-anticipated rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder after their monumental bout on December 2nd last year.

Fury was considered the heavy underdog after having to lose over 10 stone in order to return to 'fighting' weight after a terrible period suffering from manic depression.

However, the Gypsy King against all odds out-boxed Wilder and according to the majority of boxing fans, if it wasn't for those two knockdowns, Fury would now be the WBC Heavyweight Champion.

This is not the case and the bout ended in a controversial draw, leaving many including Wilder and Fury believing there was unfinished business to settle.

The idea of a rematch has been circling for a while now, with Fury often deflecting the question by saying he was just focused on enjoying his Christmas and New Year.

Well, the festive period is over now and some new light has been shed on a potential 2019 rematch between the two heavyweights.

The World Boxing Council have now officially ordered the rematch, which leaves the rest down to both boxers and their teams.

The key requirement that the council have announced is that if both fighters cannot reach an agreement by the deadline of February 5th, then there will be a purse bid - 60/40 in Wilder's favour.

This will not please the Fury camp or his fans especially as the 'lineal' heavyweight champion said he would prefer to have one fight in the UK before a potential rematch with the Bronze Bomber in a recent interview with BT Sport, per the Mirror.

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

In the wake of this announcement, at least fans can start to believe that this rematch is actually possible and not just a pipedream. 

If we do get to see Fury and Wilder in the ring again, who are you backing? Have your say in the comments section below.

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