Wilder still hopes for Joshua as Fury eyes rematch

Monday, 03 Dec, 2018

Anthony Joshua would have lost to Deontay Wilder in Los Angeles had he taken the shots Tyson Fury did, according to the former heavyweight champion.

Manny Pacquiao, who has won world titles in eight weight classes, added on the social networking site: "Respect to Fury for sticking to his game plan and to Wilder for closing the gap with two huge knockdowns!"

Fury was disappointed not to have been given the win, but felt he performed better than Joshua would have done - the IBF, WBA and WBO champion having failed to agree terms to fight Wilder this year.

The victor was projected to face Joshua, the WBA, IBF and WBO title-holder, for the undisputed championship.

While Wilder kept his belt, Fury remained the unofficial lineal champion of the heavyweight division by virtue of his victory over Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.

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"The rematch, I guarantee I'm going to get him", Wilder said. "Let's give the fans what they want to see".

While the most common circumstances are for the defending champion, in this case Wilder, to have such an option, it has also been extended to the 30-year-old Fury, who had not planned such a risky fight so soon into his comeback and who is still regarded by some as the division's lineal champion. "That's what we proved tonight, and I'm ready to do it again". SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION will air live on SHOWTIME and stream for free on the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and Facebook page immediately preceding the Wilder vs. Fury SHOWTIME PPV.

Any rematch between Wilder and Fury is guaranteed to be the most lucrative fight of their career to date.

"I'm happy for the fight", Fury said.

It figured to be a match-up of Wilder's power versus Fury's ability to use his foot movement to avoid and frustrate Wilder. "I would love for [the rematch] to be my next fight". From our side we want that undisputed fight ASAP and that's Deontay Wilder in April 13 at Wembley.

Wilder finally found a home for the right hand in the ninth round.

Fury recovered well however and regained his composure to resume where he had left off.

From the moment the fight was made, Wilder promised he would do to Fury what he had done to every man he has faced, and that meant knock him out.

It was a matter of whether Fury could hang on to the final bell.