Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury (27-0-1 19KOs) has signed a blockbuster 5 fight deal with ESPN worth £80 million (roughly 103 million dollars). He has also signed a co-promotional deal with Top Rank Promotions. The deal guarantees a minimum of 2 fights per year. He will be broadcast on ESPN in the USA, and he will remain on BT Sport in the UK. The deal potentially makes him the biggest star in the heavyweight division, as he will get a massive boost in exposure in the USA. He is already a household name in the UK.
Of course big signings like these always throw a wrench into negotiations for fights with other big boxing stars. Welcome to the boxing world we live in! Now that Fury is with ESPN, it means that Showtime and ESPN will have to come to an agreement over airing the Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder rematch in the USA.
I suspect that the fight negotiations will come to a halt for in the short term due to negotiations falling through. Then, one would assume that the WBC would formally order a purse bid. One would assume that the co-promoters of Tyson Fury – Bob Arum of Top Rank & Frank Warren – would win . Hopefully the sides can come to an agreement on their own and still fight by the summer. Warren stated: “It’s up to us to sit down and get it over the line.” Fury has also expressed his interest in the fight still, “if you’re watching Deontay, I’m coming for you baby and this time you won’t rip me off.”
All boxing fans have been looking forward to the rematch. However, we are now skeptical because we have experienced this before – fights not being made due to promotional and network differences. Now Fury, Wilder, and Joshua all have deals with different networks, which threatens three potential blockbuster fights in a rejuvenated heavyweight division. There’s too much money at stake for these fights not to happen. Hopefully the sanctioning organizations order these big fights to happen. The heavyweight division has been boring for far too long.