When Deontay Wilder signed on to fight Tyson Fury for the WBC heavyweight title, that contract came with a rematch clause. But after he was beaten decisively (and fairly brutally) by Fury in their match last weekend, some have wondered whether the Bronze Bomber should even bother exercising it. However, we now know what Wilder’s decision on the rematch is.
According to Lance Pugmire of The Athletic, Wilder is “definitely exercising his rematch clause.” Per the report, the rematch will reportedly take place in the summer.
Additionally, Wilder had an interesting factoid regarding his performance at the match. He apparently said that his legs were weakened by the 45-pound costume he wore to the ring for his entrance.
Wilder’s corner threw in the towel during the seventh round, resulting in a TKO victory for Fury. The loss was the first he had suffered at any level since the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Full story coming to @TheAthleticBOX shortly: Deontay Wilder @BronzeBomber tells me he is definitely exercising his rematch clause for a summer trilogy against @Tyson_Fury, that his legs were weakened by his 45-pound costume he wore to the ring to honor Black History Month.
— Lance Pugmire (@pugboxing) February 24, 2020
While there are certainly a number of more advisable fights Wilder could take, it’s hard to deny the appeal of being able to get his title back quickly.
Wilder spent years climbing his way up the mountain to the big prize fights that Fury has offered him. He may not get as big of a purse from any other boxer than The Gypsy King.
Will you watch Wilder-Fury III?