WBC champion’s co-manager Shelly Finkel on Tuesday said the heavyweight champion’s rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will take place in February, with a location to be confirmed soon.
Fury has already mentioned a potential date which is February 22, with a location in America expected to be confirmed, and Finkel hopes to make an announcement very soon.
National Sportslink recalls that Wilder knocked Luis Ortiz out in round seven of his second bout with the veteran Cuban at the MGM Grand.
The undefeated American is due to step into the ring with former unified world champion Fury on February 22 after maintaining his unbeaten record in Las Vegas.
Finkel says details for an eagerly anticipated second showdown should be agreed next month – a year after the first bout finished in a draw at Staples Center.
He told Sky Sports: “It [the fight] will be in February. In the next couple of weeks, we’ll solidify a site and date. For all intents and purposes, it will happen.”
Ben Davison, Fury’s trainer, was ringside to watch Wilder’s latest victory but the ‘Bronze Bomber’ says his scouting mission was a waste of time.
“I hope he took notes and carries them back to his camp because I’m going to knock Fury out, like I did the first time,” said Wilder.
“I’m not worried about anything, what anyone says. I’m proven. These guys, if they were so sure about certain things, and yet they have seen so much, he would have taken the rematch immediately.
“I was the one that demanded the rematch as soon as possible, especially when there was a controversial decision. I’m the one fighting the best of the best in the division. I don’t see no other fighters risking any fights.”
Davison insists Fury will not make the same mistake as Ortiz, who was floored by a massive right hand at the MGM Grand.
“How do you do it? Definitely not how Ortiz just did,” said Davison. “Fair play, he had a good go but he got complacent and walked straight into the distance. That’s a recipe for disaster.