Before anyone gets too excited about a possible full heavyweight unification between newly crowned world champion and WBA/WBO/IBF titleholder Tyson Fury and WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder, hold your horses. Wladimir Klitschko will be taking the rematch he is contractually owed next year.
From Sky Sports:
"There will be a rematch. It is still early and I have to process things but there will definitely be a rematch. I was well prepared for this fight but he was quick for his height."
Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO) gave Fury (25-0, 18 KO) all credit for his victory:
"I was lacking speed and he was quick. I just could not find the right distance. His reach bothered me. I tried it but it just did not happen."
The details of the rematch were discussed prior to the fight, when Fury admitted he had to agree to a rematch to get the fight done, and said that he would have to return to Germany for that fight, were it to happen. It's going to happen, but it's worth wondering if Klitschko, who turns 40 in March, can really do anything differently, or if Fury is just a terrible matchup and a fighter who makes him too uncomfortable to pull the trigger. That said, Klitschko probably can't do worse, so there's that.
Do you want to see a rematch? I mean, we're going to, but do you really want to? And if it happens, do you see Fury repeating the win?