Frank Warren says ESPN scuppered Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder rematch

Tyson Fury's US TV deal has thrown up plenty of options including a possible fight with Kiwi Joseph Parker

GETTY IMAGESTyson Fury's US TV deal has thrown up plenty of options including a possible fight with Kiwi Joseph Parker

Wilder (40-0-1) floored Fury (27-0-1) in the ninth and 12th rounds of their Los Angeles fight.

The highly-anticipated rematch between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and former champion Tyson Fury will be delayed until after the Briton's bout against a yet to be named opponent, the WBC said on Tuesday.

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

The WBC demanded that Fury and Wilder express their intentions by midweek this week, as a rematch was supposedly in the works.

Fury put pen to paper on a reported £80m deal with ESPN last week, which is understood to cover his next five outings. 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.

"Everything that we heard from Tyson Fury was that he wanted to fight Deontay next and we were willing to do that". ESPN and Top Rank want to give Tyson an exposure fight in the States first and then have the Wilder fight afterwards.

And Wilder dug out an old tweet of Fury's, where he claimed he would fight anybody at any time, to hit back at the rejection.

"It's unfortunate, but I'm hoping we get this fight on in September or October". We knew you only said this because you knew you wasn't fighting me next.

Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-112 for Fury, while Alejandro Rochin favored Wilder 115-111.

"You requested a warm-up fight first", he said on Twitter. "I probably would too if I saw my brains splashed all over the canvas". "He's not fought since December and I don't think we'll get him in the ring until June".

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