Why Bob Arum's "idea" could delay Wilder-Fury rematch to 2020

AFP  Meg Oliphant

I want the biggest fights - the Joshuas, the Wilders of the world and everybody else out there too.

British heavyweight Tyson Fury has penned a deal worth a reported $100 million which will see his fights broadcast through ESPN in the U.S., but which casts doubt on an eagerly-anticipated rematch with WBC champion Deontay Wilder.

"By partnering up with ESPN and Top Rank in America, we're giving Tyson the opportunity to perform on the biggest and most powerful platforms on both sides of the Atlantic and become a truly global star", explained Warren.

'Given the huge public interest following the first fight for our heavyweight belt between Wilder and Fury, we mandated the rematch and extended the time for the parties to negotiate before going to purse bids.

"They have to come to Tyson Fury now", the 30-year-old told a news conference on Monday.

Further complications in the heavyweight scene, which could reduce the likelihood of a unified champion, come from the fact that International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organisation champion Anthony Joshua's next fight, against Jarrell Miller on June 1, will be shown in the United States on DAZN.

Fury told a press conference in London that the rematch, which had appeared set for Las Vegas or NY in May, was "more makeable now than ever, because we have the biggest boys in the game behind us". "We have the biggest platform for him to be on, that means he is in a tremendous position".

On Monday Warren claimed that there had been no dialogue with Wilder's representatives for seven days, which can happen in complex negotiations for massive fights.

"If you're watching Deontay, I'm coming for you baby".

That is more likely to be put back to September, with Fury promoter Frank Warren's USA partner Bob Arum preferring both men to have warm-up fights there in May 'to build up even higher audience interest in America.

When probed about a fight with Anthony Joshua Frank Warren said they had approached Joshua's camp but they demanded "all the money".

"It's a different situation now". Wilder knocked Fury down twice in their first fight, and seemingly had him out in the 12th round, but Fury got to his feet and was fighting back at the end in as dramatic of a finish to a heavyweight title bout as there had been in decades.

"(ESPN) will be Tyson's exclusive broadcaster in the States, and have a platform of almost 3 million.

"I said: 'what have you done as a fighter to boost your ego?' He couldn't answer".

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