WBC Orders Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury Rematch

The WBC has sanctioned a “direct rematch” between heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.

Britain’s Fury and American Wilder shared a controversial and thrilling draw in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Fury’s promoter Frank Warren said both parties want a rematch and his fighter is pushing for it to be in the UK.

In a statement by the WBC, which clearly affirmed that there was a “unanimous agreement” to sanction a rematch in a meeting of the board of governors.

“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,” it said.

“The WBC is happy to confirm a direct rematch has been approved and will create in a ruling which will also consider the mandatory status of the division.”

Although Fury was knocked down in the ninth and 12th rounds, many observers thought the 30-year-old Briton should have won the bout, which was scored 115-111 for Wilder, 114-112 for Fury and 113-113.

Fury said he had “never seen a worse decision in my life” and described it as a “gift” for his opponent.

In an Instagram post in response, Wilder, 33, said: “You saw the best Fury but you did not get the best Wilder and I still managed to get the job done.”

Wilder also questioned if referee Jack Reiss’ count was too slow in Fury’s remarkable rise from the canvas in the 12th round,¬†which Reiss has denied.