World Boxing News has been informed of the situation regarding a rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
Hours after Wilder made the official announcement, which WBN knew of a few days ago, further details emerged.
Wilder, hot on the heels of signing to fight Luis Ortiz in September, made a shock clarification on the eve of rival Anthony Joshua’s next fight.
“Well, As I always say I’m the realest Champion in the business. As I’ve mentioned before I must handle all my controversial fights ASAP!
“Luis Ortiz @kingkongboxing is first then Tyson Fury @Tyson_Fury is next. By no means am I looking pass Ortiz. He’s a dangerous fighter but I am looking through him (Window Shopping).
“Shid, I’m the best. Ain’t No guess’N. What other champion gives you what your Miss’N?
“One fell to his knee (Fury), the other on his back. If you got questions then ‘we run it back’.
“All Contracts have been signed already…it’s officially on!”
WBN can reveal the fight will take place in February 2020, with two venues currently in the frame.
The MGM Grand in Las Vegas, where Fury fights Tom Schwarz on June 15, is an early frontrunner. Barclays Center in Brooklyn is a close second.
At this point in time, the T-Mobile Arena is not being considered, although that could change depending on demand.
In regards to the Pay-Per-View distribution, WBN understands that ESPN and Showtime are prepared to shared the broadcast rights.
Much in the same vein as Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao or Lennox Lewis v Mike Tyson, Wilder v Fury will have two networks taking PPV orders.
Pricing numbers are still being crunched but are set to be tiered higher than the cost of the original fight.
Wilder v Fury I sold over 300,000 purchases and was hailed as one of the biggest heavyweight successes in the United States of recent years.
A trilogy fight and potential fourth are already in the pipeline, whatever the result of the return.
Whoever comes out on top will offer the loser another chance, due to the first event being a draw.
For example, should Wilder win the rematch, then Fury equal it up at 1-1-1, a tetralogy would be on the cards.
Furthermore, it’s bad news for Joshua as the Wilder v Fury saga could run well into 2021.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay