Deontay Wilder announces Tyson Fury rematch following Luis Ortiz fight

Jack BaerYahoo Sports Contributor

We’re finally getting the Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury rematch the boxing world has hoped for since the pair’s controversial draw last December. They just have to each win their next fights first.

Wilder announced the fight had been set through Twitter on Friday, but noted that his other big rematch against Luis Ortiz will come first.

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Wilder had previously announced he would take on Ortiz again, likely in September. With the WBC heavyweight champ focused on that in the coming months, the Wilder-Fury rematch will take place in early 2020 according to The Ring’s Mike Coppinger.

Another report from the Daily Star’s Chris McKenna indicated the fight is contingent on Wilder beating Ortiz and Fury beating little-known opponent Tom Schwarz in June.

Schwarz is not expected to be a significant trouble for Fury, though Ortiz could be another story for Wilder. The Cuban took Wilder into the 10th round for just the third time in his career last year and looked strong early in the fight.

The timing of this announcement also serves a purpose of upstaging WBA, IBF and WBO champ Anthony Joshua’s United States debut on Saturday against Andy Ruiz Jr.

Fans have waited ages to see Joshua take on either Fury or Wilder, and announcing the pair’s fight on the eve of a Joshua fight could be another not-so-subtle poke in an extended back-and-forth.

Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder is going down again. (Getty Images)
Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder is going down again. (Getty Images)

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