The WBC has sanctioned a direct rematch between heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.

Fury was floored twice in Los Angeles last weekend but seemed to have done enough to earn a famous win.

However, he was forced to settle for a controversial split decision draw.

Promoter Frank Warren and the British Boxing Board of Control [BBBofC] had planned to issue a formal complaint about the scorecards after Mexican judge Alejandro Rochin scored the fight 115-111 for Wilder.

And the World Boxing Council released a statement on Friday where they called for a direct rematch.

It read: The World Boxing Council conducted a voting through the board of governors, which resulted in a unanimous agreement to sanction a direct rematch between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.

Wilder and Fury gave boxing one of the best fights in the heavyweight division in a long time, which has created tremendous popular demand for the fans to see a rematch.

The WBC is happy to confirm that a direct rematch has been approved and will create in a ruling which will also consider the mandatory status of the division.

I wish to once again congratulate Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury for their great battle inside the ring and for the exemplary sportsmanship after the bout.

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(c) Sky News 2018: Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury rematch sanctioned by World Boxing Council