Finally, two of the top heavyweight boxers in the world are climbing in the ring to face each other. It’s not the big one, but it’s the closest thing to it. On Friday, WBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder announced he would be facing Tyson Fury in a highly anticipated rematch.
The fight is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2020, per boxing insider Mike Coppinger. The Daily Star’s Chris McKenna expects the fight will happen in January. Many fans and members of the boxing community would have rather seen Wilder announcing that he and WBA, IBF and WBO champion Anthony Joshua had agreed upon a date, but this isn’t bad news.
On the heels of Wilder blowing out the overmatched Dominic Breazeale inside of a round earlier this month, and subsequently announcing that he would rematch Luis Ortiz in September, this is a step in the right direction. Fury is set to face the unheralded Tom Schwarz next month in what figures to be a one-sided affair. Fury must defeat Schwarz to make it to the 2020 date with Wilder. Likewise, you’d think Wilder has to defeat Ortiz for a second time as well.
Wilder faced Ortiz in one of 2018’s best fights. Aside from the controversial draw with Fury later in the year, the battle with Ortiz was Wilder’s toughest fight. Wilder ultimately won by 10th-round KO, but he was stunned earlier in the bout and had some issues with the Cuban’s hand speed and overall boxing skills.