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Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2: Rematch set for 2020 if both win interim fights

Several sources have now confirmed Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 is set for early next year, subject to both winning any fights before then

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Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury by Esther Lin/Showtime
Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury by Esther Lin/Showtime

Only a boxer with a keen sense of drama, not to mention an abundance of confidence in his own ability, announces his proposed next two fights in the same week, and while his biggest rival, Anthony Joshua, is days away from his US debut. But WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, fresh from confirming his rematch with dangerous Cuban Luis Ortiz, most likely for September, has now also revealed the deal has been agreed for an even more eagerly awaited return, this one against Tyson Fury, to take place in early 2020. All while Anthony Joshua gets ready to defend his unified belts against Andy Ruiz Jr tonight at Madison Square Garden.

Fury also has fish to fry in the interim, but unbeaten German Tom Schwarz is not expected to pose too many problems on their June 15 Las Vegas date; on paper, he is certainly an easier obstacle than Ortiz, who seriously rocked Wilder before being stopped in 10 rounds 15 months ago. That being said, both men have to come through their next bouts before Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 is 100% official. Their first meeting, in December, saw Fury rise from two knockdowns - somewhat surprisingly the second time - to only receive a draw on the scorecards when the majority of observers had him winning.

The well-connected Mike Coppinger said on Twitter the fight would be a Top Rank-PBC/Al Haymon joint promotion - the first since Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao in 2015 - and could even be a shared pay-per-view in the US.

Fury was most recently rumoured to be considering a fight with Dillian Whyte but a showdown that always looked unlikely quickly descended into farce.

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