Tyson Fury insists Deontay Wilder rematch still on cards despite ESPN deal
A proposed rematch with Deontay Wilder continues to be thrown into doubt after Tyson Fury announced a package with ESPN which make it the “exclusive” broadcaster of his fights in america alone.
Negotiations for the rematch, following December’s controversial appeal to Los Angeles, were likely to conclude in an deal for Fury and Wilder to combat in america in May but you are now likely to lead to frustration given Wilder includes a manage the network Showtime.
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Fury’s deal will see him promoted by Top Rank’s Bob Arum alongside Frank Warren. Arum can be as influential with ESPN as Wilder’s adviser, Al Haymon, has been Showtime and also their strained relationship further complicates a landscape that ultimately separates the earth’s leading heavyweights.
The IBF, WBA and WBO champion Anthony Joshua’s next fight on 1 June against Jarrell Miller is going to be shown in america alone on DAZN, giving the 3 fighters different loyalties and interests.
Fury’s promoter Warren insists the Wilder-Fury rematch remains likely, additionally, the British fighter was adament it had become “more makeable now than ever” after signing his multi-year, multi-fight agreement with ESPN.
The 30-year-old said: “They really need to reach Tyson Fury now because Brand-new my own platform in the us plus in united kingdom [BT Sport], therefore knowledge in the future through me. ESPN’s the biggest sporting network on the planet.
“If I didn’t want to fight him I would not have completed it from the start. As long as I’m concerned it’s more makeable now in the past, because we’ve the biggest boys in the technology race behind us. I’d like Joshua, Wilder, everyone else out there too. In case you are watching Deontay, I’m coming available for you, baby!”
Warren revealed Fury will probably develop into a more consistent figure out the US, where he’s set to deal with next despite his opponent. “Tyson wants [the rematch],” said Warren. “We all desire it and will do it. It’s actually a different situation now. Showtime’s only some of the game in the city. It’s changed dramatically, so it’s around us now to stay to get it within the line.
“I want him out as quickly as possible. Talks are continuing but he is not gonna sit around waiting. We’ll get him out. He wishes to be active and be a large star. The game’s go for it, outside, hurry up, and become those belts.
“[ESPN] will likely be Tyson’s exclusive broadcaster in the States where you can platform of nearly three million. It offers Tyson a chance to get to be the guy to fight – unlike while he must go to Germany to address [Wladimir] Klitschko or on Showtime for Wilder.”
Meanwhile Nicola Adams’ maiden world title fight is postponed after she sustained an accident.
The 36-year-old was due to meet Mexico’s WBO world flyweight champion Arely Mucino at the Royal Albert Hall inside london on 8 March. “Adams has unfortunately picked up a trauma during her preparations to your contest, ruling the double Olympic champion from fighting,” said a Queensberry Promotions statement. “The world title bout will likely be rescheduled to occur later this year.”
Anthony Yarde’s WBO Intercontinental light-heavyweight title clash about the Baltimore boxer Travis Reeves will replace the Mucino-Adams fight. Yarde and Reeves has been scheduled to handle at the Morningside Arena in Leicester on 23 March.