TYSON FURY’S comeback fight on June 9 in Manchester will be screened exclusively on BT Sport. It’s part of an extension of promoter Frank Warren’s deal with BT, which will also see the world title fights featuring Lee Selby, Carl Frampton and Billy Joe Saunders on the channel over the coming months.
“We’ve been delivering the goods,” said Warren. “This is the cream of British boxing.”
“The big man’s back. I think it’s only a matter of time before he gets his title back,” he added of Fury.
“There is no bigger fight than Anthony Joshua versus Tyson Fury in my time in boxing,” the promoter continued. “What I want to try and do is make it happen and get it on BT.”
Warren emphasised the significance of this partnership, warning, “BT are launching a pay-per-view platform which will give us more muscle in the market.”
BT Box Office is coming later this year. “It is a golden era for British boxing and never has the Warren stable of fighters looked more exciting, with a great line up of established names and up-and-coming young fighters,” said Andy Haworth, managing director of strategy and content at BT.
“First time round I enjoyed it, I enjoyed every single minute of it. But I needed that rest. I’ll be rejuvenated second time round,” Fury said looking forward to his comeback. “They say once you have it you can never lose it. I have it in abundance. A little bit of puppy fat never hurt anyone.”
Though he cautioned, “My aim is to keep it off for a little while… The sharpness has always been there. Even at 27 stone I was very, very sharp.”
“My ambition in is boxing is to get back in the boxing ring and have fun again,” he continued in his inimitable style. “My only form of fun, other than getting p***** up every day, is boxing.”