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Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury rematch 'officially sanctioned by WBC'

After their incredible and controversial clash last weekend on BT Sport Box Office, the heavyweight rivals look set to do it all again next summer - potentially in the UK.

An immediate rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury - potentially in the UK - has moved a step closer after the WBC officially sanctioned the fight.

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Last Saturday's classic showdown in Los Angeles - which you can still buy and watch here on BT Sport Box Office - ended in a controversial draw after 12 gripping rounds of action in the squared circle.

Both fighters have since talked up the prospect of doing it all again in 2019.

And now the WBC - whose belt Wilder defended at the Staples Center - has stated its "unanimous approval" of the rematch.

"Wilder and Fury gave boxing one of the best fights in the heavyweight division in a long time, which has created tremendous popular demand for the fans to see a rematch," it said.

"The WBC is happy to confirm a direct rematch has been approved and will create in a ruling which will also consider the mandatory status of the division."

Fury was at Old Trafford to watch Manchester United take on Arsenal in the Premier League on Wednesday evening, and said he is keen to stage a second world title fight against Wilder at a UK stadium.

"[Promoter] Frank Warren said Arsenal but I said 'no, let's have it at Old Trafford," Fury told BT Sport.

"Hopefully we can have it here in the summer."

Many observers felt Fury had done more than enough to claim the decision, despite being floored twice in the ninth and 12th rounds.

"Of course!" said Fury, when asked whether he was still angry with Saturday's result. "But I'm not going to go on about it forever.

"Life goes on. I got robbed blind in America, the world knows it, but we're going to go on and look ahead to the next fight."

Warren said he would write to the WBC demanding a rematch after the split-decision stunned the boxing world - and now the prospect looks tantalisingly close.

"To be honest, I've never seen a worse decision in my life. I don't know what he was watching," said Fury after the fight, referring to judge Alejandro Rochin, who scored the fight 115-111 to Wilder.

"It's stuff like this that gives boxing a bad name. All the media will report bad stuff. Everyone in boxing saying a bad thing, time and again we see it. He needs banning from boxing forever.

"The world knows who the real WBC champion is. Wilder had a gift decision in his own country. He must be thanking his lucky stars he still has the green and gold belt as that belt belongs to me."

Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury is the second of two brilliant boxing pay-per-views coming your way this month on BT Sport Box Office, with Josh Warrington set to put his IBF world featherweight title on the line against Carl Frampton in Manchester on 22 December.

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