Deontay Wilder Confirms Tyson Fury Rematch Of Heavyweight Boxing Classic


NEW YORK ( -- It's only a matter of time before a Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury heavyweight title rematch is announced, Wilder confirmed on Thursday.

"It's definitely going to be the rematch going on, and he's definitely going to be my next opponent," the WBC heavyweight champion said on WFAN's "Boomer & Gio" show. "I don't want anyone else, and he don't want anyone else. So I think it's only right to give him a rematch. He deserved it. He came to America. He put on a great performance, and we put boxing back on the map as far as the heavyweight division is concerned."

Wilder and Fury fought to a controversial split draw Saturday night in Los Angeles. Both entered the bout undefeated.

Wilder said Brooklyn's Barclays Center is among the sites being considered for the rematch. Fury reportedly wants to bring the fight to his native England as well.

"New York is like my second home," he said. "They welcome me with open arms. Every time I fought at the Barclays Center, as it got bigger and bigger and bigger, I get so much love here, and I appreciate you guys here. So the Barclays Center is definitely something that's in discussion as well as Vegas, too. A lot of people are going to be interested in this fight."

It briefly looked like Wilder might've won in the 12th round Saturday when he knocked down Fury, but Fury picked himself up off the canvas just in time to continue the fight.

"In that last round, I ended up calming down," Wilder said. "I got my combination down. Pop! You talk about seeing a guy's eye rolls in the back of his head like the sun was setting."

Wilder said he was amazed Fury stood up after that.

"He don't know how he got up, nor do I," Wilder said. "And if you don't believe in God, that's a sign right there."

Despite that he fell short of the victory, Wilder said he's proud of what Saturday's fight -- and the impending rematch -- has meant to boxing. 

"There's a lot of great fighters in America," Wilder said. "I just wanted to bring it back. People always talked about the golden age, the golden era, and you just get sick and tired of hearing it when you're a fighter. So that was one of my goals and missions, to bring the excitement and attention back, especially to the heavyweight division."