Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury 2 is off, according to the WBC President, Mauricio Sulaiman, who issued this statement on social media: .@BronzeBomber vs @Tyson_Fury is officially not happening next. The @WBCBoxing has received communications as our process and while WBC Champion Wilder confirmed its willingness to fight the rematch, Fury will take on another fight with expectations to do rematch at a later date.
In a surprise move last week, Fury signed a deal with US broadcast giant ESPN. Their first fight was on Showtime in America and bringing Wilder to another network, even for a single fight, would have complicated proceedings.
The Wilder-Fury rematch has not been ruled out, but will not happen next. Fury’s team today notified the WBC of their intention to pursue another fight in the meantime.
The responses from fight fans caused a reaction from the official World Boxing Council’s Twitter account as they rushed to defend Wilder: Give the man some credit. He fought Stiverne in his prime, Szpilka was a good rival, Ortiz is top class and he fought Fury with little negotiations.
Tyson Fury has also come under fire from fans and released the following statement: "If I didn't want to fight him, I wouldn't have taken it in the first place. As far as I'm concerned, the fight is more make-able now than ever, because we have the biggest boys in the game behind us."