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Warren insists Wilder vs Fury 2 is still ON

Promoter says Fury wants the fight. And is in a stronger position than ever.

By Aaron Cooper

If there is one thing you can say about Tyson Fury. It's that there is never a dull moment when 'The Gypsy King' is on the scene.

Fury dropped a huge bombshell on the boxing world yesterday afternoon. Announcing that he had signed a co-promotional deal with Bob Arum's Top Rank stable. The five-fight deal, believed to be worth in the region of £80m for the former world heavyweight champion. Will see him fight on ESPN in America, whilst UK fight fans will still be able to catch him in action on BT Sport. 

No sooner had the announcement been made. Was social media awash with complaints, That Fury had sabotaged any hopes of a rematch with  Wilder. Going so far as to say that the Manchester man was 'ducking' a second outing with the hard-hitting Tuscaloosa native. 

But, if you know a thing or two about the sport. You could see the wood for the trees. If anything Fury's postion has only grown stronger. Something that has been echoed today by his co-promoter, Frank Warren. Who, along with his rivals promoter, Shelly Finkel insists that they are both still working together to bring a second stanza from a fight that caused quite the controversy in December of last year. 

Talking on Alan Brazil's TalkSport morning breakfast show. Warren said " Even last night up until the early hours, I was speaking to Shelly Finkel, who represents Deontay Wilder, and we are still trying to make the match,” “It means Tyson’s position is much stronger now than it was before in the negotiations.We are still negotiating and we are all hopeful. Everybody wants the fight to take place – Wilder, Shelly Finkel, myself and Tyson."

Warren continued "Wilder has got an American broadcaster in Showtime and so has AJ [Anthony Joshua] with DAZN. What are we going to do, sit around and wait for everybody? That can’t happen.We have gone with the biggest broadcaster in the States, ESPN. They have got nearly three million subscribers so Tyson’s next fight will be seen by three million subscribers if they all tune into it.The last fight AJ had which was broadcast in the States on DAZN got around 16,000 people watching it free-to-air. That is the difference of where we are as far as the drawing power of Tyson is now. It makes a great difference.

“In the past we have had the negotiations where Barry Hearn is saying AJ is the big attraction and if anybody wants to fight him it is a 70/30 or 75/25 split. That all changes now in a dramatic way. We bring a lot to the table. I have to do my best by Tyson. He wants the big fights, we have delivered the big fights. He went to Germany and beat [Wladimir] Klitschko. He went to the States on a PBC promotion and got robbed there. Next time around when he is in the States and he has got the fight, we want it to be on our promotion so that we feel a bit more comfortable about it. That is what all these things are for. It is to give Tyson more security.”

On the other side of the pond. Wilder's manager echoed Warren's comments "No, not so. The Top Rank / ESPN deal doesn’t necessarily mean the Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury rematch won’t happen. Wilder v Fury II is the fight we want to make. I will discuss with Frank Warren to make the fight happen,” he added. (Source WBN).

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