Fury and Wilder fought to an exciting draw on December 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles in the main event of a Showtime PPV card and both passionately called for a rematch, which ultimately was ordered by the WBC, whose belt Wilder holds.
This is following Fury signing a new deal with Top Rank, a U.S. promotion, making the switch from BT to ESPN.
Originally, fans had been concerned about Fury and Wilder being signed onto rival promotions - it could have meant a fight would never happen due to broadcasting issues, but Arum is confident otherwise.
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According to ESPN in Germany undefeated Tom Schwarz, a relative unknown, will be Fury's next opponent with an announcement in the next few days.Читайте также: Mike Francesa On Tom Izzo Controversy: 'We've Gotten So Soft'
Fury's promoter, Top Rank boss Bob Arum, has confirmed the lineal champion will now take on Schwarz at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. But Wilder also scored two knockdowns, including a heavy one in the 12th round that Fury somehow survived.
But once the 6-foot-9, 260-pound Fury signed with Top Rank to have his fights shown exclusively on ESPN platforms, the prospect of an immediate rematch with Wilder, who has been loyal to Showtime, became unlikely.
Arum is hopeful a deal can be arranged for Fury to fight Wilder again in early 2020. Terms of that deal were not disclosed.
Schwarz, 24, is ranked number two in the world with the WBO and has 24 wins from 24 bouts, 18 coming via stoppage.
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