The gigantic pugilists could not be separated when they collided in California, meaning a rematch is on the cards
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Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder was years in the making, but when the titans eventually collided, they cancelled each other out – officially at least.
The fight, which saw the WBC heavyweight title go on the line, yielded a consensus that told of how ‘boxing won’, but controversy raged in the aftermath.
As such, it’s looking like a rematch is definitely in store as the fighters look to remove any remaining doubts as to who is the better boxer.
As the details get ironed out, Goal takes a look at what we know about the Fury vs Wilder rematch.
There was no clear winner in the fight, with the judges returning a split-decision draw verdict.
What that means is that one judge scored the fight in favour of Wilder, one scored it in favour of Fury and the other scored it as a draw.
It was the first draw of both fighters’ careers, with each of them remaining undefeated.
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Mexican judge Alejandro Rochin scored the fight in favour of Wilder, while Canadian Robert Tapper felt that Fury had the edge. British judge Phil Edwards could not separate the two.
The judges’ scoring drew criticism from a number of figures within boxing, with former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis arguing that Fury won the bout.
“They need to get some good judges, these judges were terrible,” Lewis said on BT Sport.
“It happened to me and I knew it was going to happen to him. Everybody could see who won. Boxing definitely won and Tyson Fury won the fight to me.
“But that’s why you’ve got to go in and try and knock the other person out, especially if you’re not on home soil. You’ve got to make your fists be the judges.”
Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, was unequivocal about his view on the matter, suggesting that Rochin “got it terribly wrong.”
“I thought Tyson won it by at least three rounds,” Warren said. “How the judge gave it the way he gave it I do not know, terrible.”
Given the contentious nature of the result, both fighters are eager for an immediate rematch in order to set the record straight.
However, while the desire from both camps to fight again is not in question, it remains unclear as to when exactly such a match will take place.
Wilder is believed to be willing to take a rematch as soon as March or April 2019, but the turnaround for those dates would appear to be too soon for promoters.
Fury, meanwhile, has hinted that he would like to see the rematch take place in the summer, which would allow a few extra months for preparation and promotion.
As soon as the draw was confirmed talk turned to a rematch and Fury was in no doubt about where he wants to trade blows with Wilder.
“I said to Frank Warren… he said ‘Arsenal’ and I said ‘no, let’s have it at Old Trafford!'” Fury later told BT Sport while in attendance at Manchester United’s game against Arsenal.
“Hopefully we can have it here in the summer.”
With the first fight being held in the United States – Wilder’s native country – all the signs point to the rematch being held in the United Kingdom, which would serve the pre-fight narrative well.
A number of venues have been suggested, but there has been no solid indication yet as to where it will take place.
We’ve taken a look at some possible venues below.
Home of one of England’s most successful clubs, Manchester United, Old Trafford will ostensibly be free for use during the summer following the conclusion of the 2018-19 season.
The stadium, which holds roughly 75,000 people, is one of the biggest sporting venues in the UK and has hosted boxing in the past.
The 1993 super-middleweight unification bout between Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn, which attracted a crowd of over 40,000, took place at the ground.
Recently, it was mooted as a potential venue for an Anthony Joshua’s fight against Alexander Povetkin, which ultimately took place at Wembley Stadium in London.
While Fury clearly wants Old Trafford, Warren appears to favour the home of Arsenal, London’s Emirates Stadium, much to the chagrin of the Manchester United supporter.
Warren himself is an Arsenal fan, which may explain his insistence on the Emirates as a venue for the rematch.
The Gunners’ ground hosts around 60,000 spectators and has been touted as a potential venue for a number of fights in the past, including some involving the likes of Ricky Hatton and James DeGale.
Wembley is affectionately known as ‘The Home of Football’ in England, but the stadium has played host to a number of other sports, including boxing.
Fighters such as Carl Froch, George Groves, Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko have practiced the sweet science at the London venue.
Indeed, it has become somewhat of a home for Joshua, whose last two bouts – against Klitscko and Alexander Povetkin – took place there.
Wembley is in near-constant use through next April, May and June, with Joshua scheduled for another fight at the ground in April, which would probably rule it out for a fight between Fury and Wilder.
However, with a capacity of 90,000, the appeal for promoters and fans is clear.
While all the speculation has centred around potential venues in England, it is possible that the Staples Center in Los Angeles could be used again.
The capacity of 20,000 means that it would hold considerably fewer people, but the design of the Staples Center means that it is a much more intimate arena.
With details still being established, we do not know exactly which networks will be broadcasting the rematch.
The first fight was shown live on pay-per-view by Showtime in the US and BT Sport Box Office in the UK and Ireland.
It was available to stream live online on DAZN in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland.