Fightful Boxing Newsletter (3/7) Table of Contents:

1. Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 2 Not Happening, What’s Next? (Page 1)

2. Latest On Gennady Golovkin-DAZN Negotiations (Page 2)

3. March 7 Boxing Results Recap (Page 3)

4. Donnie Nietes Vacates WBO Super Flyweight Title (Page 4)

5. James DeGale Announces His Retirement; PBC on ITV Results (Page 5)

6. Shawn Porter vs. Yordenis Ugas Preview (Page 6)

7. Dmitry Bivol vs. Joe Smith Jr. Preview (Page 7)

Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury 2 Not Happening, What’s Next?

The planned rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury for the WBC heavyweight title will not be taking place within the next few months.

“Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury is officially not happening next. The World Boxing Council has received communications as our process and while WBC Champion Wilder confirmed his willingness to fight the rematch. Fury will take on another fight with expectations to do rematch at a later date."

The news comes after Fury signed a co-promotional deal with Top Rank and ESPN that would have Fury fight in the United States at least twice per year.

The main reason behind the fight not happening is that Fury, ESPN and Top Rank want to build up Fury's profile in the U.S. to make up for the perceived lack of star power Wilder carries in the United States.

In a recent interview with IFL TV, Fury explained that he wanted have a fight before the rematch against Wilder to further build to the rematch. Fury is looking to fight again in the coming months on an ESPN platform to build his U.S. profile with the hope the rematch becomes a much bigger event than the first bout which took place last December. The undefeated lineal champion also said Wilder was offered a deal that would have him fight on ESPN as well to further build to that potential rematch against Fury, a deal that the WBC champion denied.

"Wilder's unknown in the U.S. We want to get more known by having a few fights on ESPN and then doing a pay-per-view fight. [I'm] 100 percent [confident the rematch happens]. I got ESPN behind me, we can make anything happen," Fury said.

The announcement of Fury's new deal was a roadblock to getting the fight done as ESPN and Showtime were essentially now competing for the rights to air the rematch for the WBC heavyweight title. The first fight between the two, which took place last December and ended in a draw, aired on Showtime pay-per-view and it was initially thought that the rematch would be handled by Showtime as well.

The WBC ordered a rematch and even delayed a purse bid twice as the organization was under the impression that a deal was imminent, but now the fight is not happening until much later this year at the very least.

But with Wilder vs. Fury no longer happening, the WBC has officially ordered on March 6 heavyweight champion Wilder to fight mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale.

On their website, the WBC released a statement detailing the somewhat complicated history of the WBC heavyweight mandatory challenger, but concluded by saying that Wilder and Breazeale must fight each other with negotiations starting now. Should both sides fail to come to terms on a deal by April 4, then a purse bid will be conducted.

Below is the official order for Wilder and Breazeale to fight:

"WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder shall fulfill his mandatory obligations by fighting Dominic Breazeale next. This order constitutes the start of the free negotiations period for Champion Wilder’s mandatory defense of his title. If no agreement is reached between the camps, the WBC shall conduct a purse offer ceremony on April 4, 2019 at the WBC Offices in Mexico City, Mexico."

But while we await the news of Wilder vs. Breazeale being made official, Top Rank could be making moves to sign Whyte to a promotional deal that would have the British star also join Fury and bolster the company's heavyweight roster. A fight between Fury and Whyte for this summer would certainly be an unexpected clash of top 5 heavyweights and the winner more than deserves a shot at any of the heavyweight world titles, but it is one that carries a lot of risk for ESPN as a loss for Fury would pretty much spell disaster for Wilder vs. Fury 2 taking place anytime soon, if it ever did happen at this point.

The next few weeks are going to give us an indication of where the heavyweight scene will look like for the remainder of 2019, but by this time in 2020, we may be undergoing through the same rollercoaster that we have experienced in years past, meaning there's still no real end in sight to the Anthony Joshua/Wilder/Fury debate of who is the best heavyweight in the world anytime soon.

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