News | Jan 24 2019

Warren: Deontay Wilder is a ‘more meaningful and bigger money fight’ for Tyson Fury

Promoter Frank Warren is confident the negotiations for Tyson Fury’s rematch with Deontay Wilder will conclude by the end of the week. John Dennen reports
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Deontay Wilder & Tyson Fury Weigh-In  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

THE wait might end soon. A rematch between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Britain’s Tyson Fury is richly anticipated after a controversial draw last December.

Negotiations are advancing between the two sides and could reach a conclusion soon. “We’re negotiating and I hope by the end of this week we’ll be in a position to announce something one way or another, fingers crossed,” he told Boxing News.

Details regarding a potential venue and more remain under wraps. “It’s just the usual stuff [in terms of the negotiations]. I won’t negotiate it through the press, we’re not doing a [Eddie] Hearn job. We’re working hard, both sides, to try and make it happen. We want it, it’s just a matter of getting it over the line so that’s what we’re working on,” the promoter said.

Warren insists that Fury would prefer the Wilder rematch to challenging fellow Briton, and IBF, WBA and WBO champion, Anthony Joshua. “It’s more meaningful fight and it’s a bigger money fight [than Joshua],” he said. “Of course it is, you’ve got American pay-per-view. What are you going to get for Joshua and Tyson? There’s far more money for that [Wilder] fight, it’s much more meaningful. Tyson and Wilder’s last fight generated more income than [Alexander] Povetkin and Joshua.”

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“I think he’s bigger in England as well now. He is. He didn’t get booed,” Warren added. “[Joshua is] talking about fighting Dillian Whyte again, with the greatest respect, and fighting Jarrell Miller. Jarrell Miller walked in this room, no one would know who he is. Let them get on with it. That’s their business. That’s their problem. They keep worrying about what we’re doing, they should worry about delivering for their man.”

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