Wilder-Fury 2 off for now, according to WBC

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The 30-year-old Fury, who is co-promoted by Frank Warren of Queensberry Promotions, ended a storybook comeback in December by getting up from a pair of knockdowns to settle for a disputed draw against Wilder in a classic fight most felt Fury had won.

"The WBC Boxing has received communications as our process, and while WBC Champion Wilder confirmed its willingness to fight the rematch, Fury will take on another fight with expectations to do rematch at a later date".

It could make future negotiations with American Wilder more hard, given he is aligned with the Showtime network.

The highly anticipated rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder has officially been called off (for now at least).

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It comes in the wake of the British heavyweight signing an unprecedented £80million deal with American promoter Top Rank, with his fights to be screened on ESPN. There remained hope the rematch would still be next, with Top Rank offering promotional free agent Wilder a multifight deal that would consider an immediate rematch or a scenario where both fighters would have interim bouts this spring or summer before facing each other again in the fall. Fury's team today notified the WBC of their intention to pursue another fight in the meantime.

Fury sensationally rose from the canvas after being decked by a brutal left-right combination from Wilder in the 12th round of their draw back in December.

Fury, of course, had his own ready response for Wilder.

"You sorry muthaf***a", Wilder begun. We knew you only said this bec you knew you wasn't fighting me next.

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'It's unfortunate but we're hoping to get a fight in September or October'. He fought Stiverne in his prime, Szpilka was a good rival, Ortiz is top class and he fought Fury with little negotiations.

I can only fight who they put in front of me.

"If I didn't want to fight him, I wouldn't have taken it in the first place", said Fury prior to this announcement.

'You requested a warm-up fight first.

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