What next for heavyweight champ Tyson Fury? A rematch with Wilder is on the cards

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Tyson Fury says he expects Deontay Wilder to take up the option of a rematch of their heavyweight championship bout but is ready for fellow Briton Anthony Joshua if the American declines.

Key points:

  • Tyson Fury expects the third instalment of his trilogy of fights with Deontay Wilder to go ahead
  • If not, a fight with compatriot Anthony Joshua could be on the cards
  • Fury still says his 2015 win over Wladimir Klitschko is the best of his career

Speaking after his seventh-round TKO victory over Wilder in Las Vegas, Fury sounded happy to take on either man.

“I had a great and worthy dance partner in Deontay Wilder and I’m sure we’re going to do it again,” Fury told Behind The Gloves at the MGM Grand Arena.

“If Deontay don’t want the rematch then let’s go AJ,” Fury added, referring to Joshua.

Fury (30-0-1) retained his lineal crown and took the WBC crown from Wilder (42-1-1), though Joshua holds the rest of the belts in the division.

A fight between the pair would unify the belts but the mouth-watering, all-British match-up might have to wait for a Fury-Wilder trilogy to be completed instead.

Video: Fury declared "the king has returned to his throne" after taking the WBC belt off Wilder. (Pic: AP)

(ABC News)

The first fight between Fury and Wilder in December 2018 was called a draw.

Wilder now has 30 days to decide whether to exercise his option of a third fight with the Gypsy King.

Impressive as Fury’s performance was on Sunday (AEDT), he said it did not compare to his 2015 takedown of Wladimir Klitschko.

“Nothing will ever be bigger than my Wladimir Klitschko win because that was my first championship ring,” Fury said.

“I was 7/1 underdog when I beat Klitschko in Germany. Tonight, people expected me to win. It was a 50-50 fight going in.”


Deontay Wilder is knocked down by Tyson Fury. (AP: Isaac Brekken)


Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news