DEONTAY WILDER has called for a rematch with Tyson Fury to be held ‘ASAP’ and scorned a challenge by rival world champion Anthony Joshua.
The American heavyweight said he does not want to fight anyone else before returning to the ring to face ‘Gypsy King’ Fury.
The pair’s WBC heavyweight title fight in Los Angeles last Saturday ended in a controversial draw, with Fury’s camp claiming he should have been given the points verdict, despite Wilder flooring him twice.
‘I’m ready whenever he’s ready to do it. I’m ready to give the fans what they want to see and end this talk once and for all,’ Wilder said.
‘I don’t want any other fights to happen between him and I [meeting again].’
Fury was denied one of the greatest comebacks in boxing history after harsh scores of 115-111, 112-114 and 113-113.
He impressively outboxed the champion, although Wilder retained the title having knocked the Briton down in the ninth, and again in the 12th. Fury had appeared out cold in the last but he returned to his feet and recovered enough to survive to the final bell.
‘I saw his eyes roll slowly in the back of his head,’ Wilder said.
‘Many people felt that should have been waved off. Nine out of ten refs would have waved that off.’
An early summer date for a rematch is likely with Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter, saying the fight has ‘a good chance of coming to London’. The American will fight to retain the only world belt not held by Joshua, who has three of four. After the Wilder-Fury bout, Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn said Wilder has ‘always been the fight we want because he has the last belt’.
But Saturday’s draw could mean Joshua being frozen out and Wilder added: ‘We had to show the world what it looks like for the best to fight the best, and look at the outcome.
‘No one has talked about Joshua in I don’t know how long and we plan on keeping it that way.’