Tyson Fury will not rematch Deontay Wilder in his next bout. The WBC confirmed that Fury, who recently signed with Top Rank, now intends to take a fight in “May or June” and then look to put together a fall bout with Wilder afterwards.
BREAKING NEWS: @BronzeBomber vs @Tyson_Fury is officially not happening next. The @WBCBoxing has received communications as our process and while Wilder confirmed its willingness to fight the rematch, Fury will take on another fight with expectations to do rematch at a later date pic.twitter.com/vCkXwsQqCd— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) February 26, 2019
Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KO) is not impressed.
You sorry muthafucka. We knew you only said this bec you knew you wasn’t fighting me next. #CloutChaser you requested a warm-up fight first I don’t blame you tho, I probably would too if I saw my brains splashed all over the canvas. #Timberrr #Bih #RunHoeRun #NoSmokeWanted— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) February 26, 2019
The rematch has been on wobbly legs for a while now, going from “close” with “no issues” to complete disintegration in the span of two weeks. Bob Arum had sent an offer to Team Wilder, but it’s unknown whether Fury’s (27-0-1, 19 KO) withdrawal was due to Team Wilder’s response or if he just changed his mind.
The only winner here is Dominic Breazeale, who has been Wilder’s mandatory for what feels like ages and has shared his excitement over Wilder-Fury II falling apart. As for Fury, Kubrat Pulev is currently occupied, although there are plenty of WBA belts to go around nowadays if he wants to pick one of them up. Oscar Rivas’ name has also cropped up, and he might be the most feasible opponent within the realm of reasonable matchmaking.