Published: Tue, February 19, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Tyson Fury: Boxing fans FUME at announcement - 'Are you for real!'

Tyson Fury: Boxing fans FUME at announcement - 'Are you for real!'

But it looks like boxing fans will have to wait for a rematch after it was announced a bumper deal with Bob Arum-led Top Rank, who have an exclusive deal with U.S. broadcasting giant ESPN.

Although Fury and Warren both said during Monday morning's news conference in Great Britain that a Wilder rematch is still in the plans, there are plenty of reasons to be skeptical that it happens this year. "The first two were just sort of comeback fights and pretty easy jobs for him".

The deal with ESPN could have an impact on the 30-year-old's rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.

Wilder and Fury remain in talks over a rematch following their epic fight in December though discussions could now be hard since the new details.

You have Fury who is with BT Sport/ESPN, Anthony Joshua who is contracted to Sky Sports/DAZN and Deotany Wilder who is aligned to Showtime/FOX.

"I'm delighted that Frank [Warren] and Queensberry Promotions have teamed up with Top Rank to promote my fights in America", Fury said in a statement.

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"As far as I'm concerned, the fight is more makeable now than ever because we have the biggest boys in the game behind us".

The reality of Fury's new deal now makes the purse bid a potentially risky scenario for either side should they be blindly outbid for control of the television rights.

Hall of Fame promoter Arum hailed Fury as a "generational heavyweight talent at the peak of his powers", saying he was "today's version of George Foreman".

It means Wilder, Fury and unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua all have rival United States broadcasters, which could make negotiations for them to fight each another more challenging.

The statement said an announcement on Fury's next fight would be made in due course.

Joshua makes own USA bow on June 1 at New York's fabled Madison Square Garden against the undefeated Jarrell Miller. Aside from Wilder, there is the prospect that Fury could fight Oscar Rivas (26-0) or Kubrat Pulev (26-1). "It's up to us now to sit down and get it over the line". "If [Joshua] wants to fight Tyson, they're going to have to come to us".

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