Chastened American looks likely to take up option for a third meeting with the Gypsy King
Fury administered a shocking defeat of the favoured American knockout merchant to capture the WBC’s version of the heavyweight championship on Saturday night in a return meeting of their split draw 15 months ago, flooring Wilder in the third and fifth rounds before the badly wounded champion’s corner threw in the towel midway through the seventh.
The contract for Saturday’s blockbuster rematch called for a 50-50 purse split, with Fury and Wilder each guaranteed $25m in addition to a cut of the pay-per-view receipts.
The deal included a rematch clause which gives Wilder’s team 30 days to exercise their option for a third fight, where the purse would be divided 60-40 in Fury’s favour.
Fury expressed confidence a third instalment with Wilder will be next, suggesting it be staged at the new 72,000-seat NFL stadium presently under construction along the Vegas strip.
“The spoils of war have just happened,” said Fury.
“I need to enjoy this victory and Deontay will need time to recover from the fight, but I’m almost sure that he will take a rematch because he’s a dynamite puncher. At any time he can take somebody out. With that danger, then you’re always in a fight. I’m pretty sure we’ll run it back again if he wants to. But if he doesn’t want to, these are my promoters and whatever they want to do, I’m happy with. Whoever’s next will get the same treatment, that’s for sure.”
Wilder, who was taken directly to a local hospital afterwards for stitches in his ear and precautionary observations, missed the post-fight press conference and was not at hand to comment on a prospective third meeting. But Jay Deas, the American’s longtime trainer, said his fighter will “absolutely” want to run it back.