Tyson Fury is odds-on to dethrone WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder if the two men do meet in a highly-anticipated rematch in 2020.
Despite only making his return to action earlier this year following a lengthy absence from the sport, Fury put in the performance of a lifetime in December 2018 to go the distance with the big-punching champion at the Staples Center, and many expected the 30-year-old not get the nod from the judges after the largely dominant display.
Not even a couple of knockdowns appeared to give Wilder much hope after he was thoroughly outclassed by the challenger, but two of the judges felt Fury had not done enough as one scored the fight and another bizarrely awarded it to the champion, resulting in a draw.
Those two judges were blasted in the wake of the bout as fans, pundits and fighters called for an immediate rematch between the pair, and they got their wish when the WBC released a statement confirming that it has sanctioned a “direct rematch”.
“The World Boxing Council conducted a voting through the board of governors, which resulted in a unanimous agreement to sanction a direct rematch between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury,” read the statement.
“Wilder and Fury gave boxing one of the best fights in the heavyweight division in a long time, which has created tremendous popular demand for the fans to see a rematch.
“The WBC is happy to confirm that a direct rematch has been approved and will create in a ruling which will also consider the mandatory status of the division.
“I wish to once again congratulate Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury for their great battle inside the ring and for the exemplary sportsmanship after the bout.”
Fury opted against an immediate return match with Wilder, instead signing up for a couple of warm-up fights in 2019, but the two men are expected to finally meet again in early 2020 and the bookmakers believe the result will be very different to the first meeting.
The bookies believe Wilder will finally suffer his first defeat in a professional boxing ring, having made Fury the 8/11 favourite in the ‘Winner’ betting for the rematch. Wilder, who has insisted fans did not see the ‘best Bronze Bomber’ in the original bout, is a 11/10 underdog, with a second draw between the two heavyweights available at 18/1.
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