Deontay Wilder announced that his rematch with Tyson Fury will be his first “Fight for Peace” under Pontifex Foundation Scholas Ocurrentes.
Wilder has authorized his company, BombZquad Promotions, and co-promoter TGB Promotions to donate $1 of each Wilder vs. Fury II ticket sold to Scholas Ocurentes.
“It’s an honor to be appointed by Pope Francis as boxing’s Peace Ambassador,” said Wilder. “I’m excited that Wilder vs. Fury II will be the first boxing match under the program and I’m happy to be able to touch the lives of so many people around the world as the WBC heavyweight champion.
“I want to use my position to have a positive influence on the lives of people and especially children because they represent the best the future has to offer.”
Scholas Ocurrentes is a non-religious foundation, created by Pope Francis (Jorge Bergolio). The organization was created while he was serving as archbishop of Argentina 30 years ago. The primary goal is to promote educational programs for children through art, sports, and technology. It also builds bridges for peace through inclusion and integration.
Pope Francis named Wilder the Ambassador For World Peace Through Sports during a private audience at the Vatican in Rome on Dec. 13, 2019.
The WBC is in charge of the boxing program under Scholas through its BoxVal (Boxing with Values) Program. The program uses boxing to highlight the importance of fair play and brotherhood.
The “Fight For Peace” program is a call to action for all members of the worldwide boxing community. The organization wishes all to join Scholas and Pope Francis in their humanitarian efforts.