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2nd time lucky for Tyson Fury? Brit odds-on favourite after WBC order Wilder rematch

Leigh Copson 8 Dec 2018
Tyson Fury punches Deontay Wilder in the seventh round (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Tyson Fury is odds-on to dethrone WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder after the governing body gave the green light for a “direct rematch” in the wake of Saturday night’s controversial bout in Los Angeles.


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 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.

The judges have been blasted in the wake of the bout as fans, pundits and fighters called for an immediate rematch between the pair, and it appears as though they will now get their wish after 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.”

The WBC’s announcement means Wilder now has the green light to scrap any plans for a mandatory defence in the first half of 2019 in order to take on Fury once again, but will the result be different when they two men share the ring for the second time?

The bookmakers believe Wilder’s unbeaten record will finally receive its first blemish with Paddy Power installing Fury as the 5/6 favourite in the ‘Winner’ betting for the rematch.

Wilder, who has insisted fans did not see the ‘best Bronze Bomber’ in the first meeting, has been priced up as a 6/5 underdog, with a second draw between the two heavyweights currently available at 25/1.


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