Deontay Wilder claims Tyson Fury rematch can still take place after ESPN deal

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After their controversial draw back in December 2018, the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury rematch has been eagerly craved by almost everyone with an interest in boxing.

Fury dominated the much-anticipated fight on Wilder’s American soil but controversially didn’t win the fight. He was knocked down twice, with a particularly heavy fall in the 12th round, but recovered and arguably still deserved to win the contest.

A rematch between the pair looked likely with WBC even ordering negotiations to take place, forcing Anthony Joshua to pursue a fight with Jarrell Miller in June.

However, ‘The Bronze Bomber’ will have been surprised to wake up to the news on Monday of Fury’s new £80m deal with American company ESPN.

Wilder has ties with rival American broadcaster ‘Showtime’ and it was thought that the Fury deal could scupper any chance of the potential rematch taking place.

But when asked about Fury’s contract, Wilder was quick to ease concerns and suggests it may prove a positive.

“If anything, it makes the fight better, it don’t hurt the fight," Wilder told Tha Boxing Voice.

“At the end of the day, if he wants to fight, then he’s gonna fight. If not, then we’ll move onto the next one. We have enough guys in the stable that we can fight for the next two years.

“When it comes to America, there’s only one American that’s dominant and that’s Deontay Wilder.”

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury: Weigh-in

Some may argue the American has more to prove than Fury in a potential rematch having escaped with a draw.

And he refused to rule out the possibility of their rematch being shown on ESPN. 

He added: “Of course, it’s always where the money is, is gonna be right.

“I’m a free agent, I can fight anyone, I don’t necessarily have to fight on the networks that I’m on, I can fight anywhere."

“The rematch is still on the table for him if he wants it. If he don’t may God be with him."

The 33-year-old did then go on to list Dillian Whyte, the man who turned down a fight with Joshua in the last month as an alternative option for his next outing.

Nonetheless, there is little doubt most would prefer the Wilder-Fury rivalry to be settled for good sooner rather than later.

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