February 2020 saw Fury victorious against Wilder, making the beaten former champion lose his WBC belt after their first fight resulted in a draw in December 2018.
Since then, Wilder has claimed that the outfit that he was wearing had weighed him down so much that he was unable to withstand Fury’s attacks on him. The outfit was worn to represent Black History Month, and Wilder claimed that the “simple fact is my uniform was way too heavy for me”.
This costume weighed 40 pounds, and a lot of people have told him that there “looked like something was wrong with you” when he wore it. He claims that his job was to “fight under any circumstances, as a king, and that’s what I did”, but that wearing the costume meant that he “paid the price”, trading the “tribute to men and women [for] my title”.
Following this loss Wilder had thirty days to exercise the rematch clause that was involved in his agreement to fight. This agreement meant that either party could exercise an option for a third bout. This has now been activated and Fury’s promoter, Bob Arum, has said that the heavyweight rivals will meet again in July. On 1st March, Arum reported that “Wilder and his representatives formally notified us last night that they have accepted the rematch and are going forward.”
This fight will take place in the summer, before the Olympics, although Arum has expressed concerns about whether Wilder will have fully recovered from this defeat by then, which saw him suffer from both a badly cut ear and lip.
It has been reported that Wilder has reached out to the same company that designed his costume for this previous fight. Crowley, who works for this organization, has said that it is “very clear that he looks forward to future collaborations”. They “had an extensive and honest conversation that put confusion and rumours to rest”.
This rematch clause has meant that the unification contest between Fury and Joshua will have to wait, however, meaning that Joshua will instead fight Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev this summer. This is due to take place on June 13that Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium In London.
Currently, Joshua holds three belts, the IBF, WBA and WBO but does not have the WBC belt. Fury now holds this title, but it is dependent upon the outcome of the rematch between himself and Wilder.
Last modified: 12th March 2020