Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury Rematch Date Uncertain

This week, we will see rivals start rubbishing it, which is a sign they know they need to think on and this moves us no closer to a Wilder v Fury fight.

The legendary fight mastermind said: "Even Deontay Wilder should be celebrating this because it shows how honest the involvement of ESPN in boxing is, they're in with both feet".

Having a deal in the U.S. with ESPN - which will be sure to bid strongly for the rights to any fight against Wilder or Joshua - will boost the amount of money Fury can bring to the negotiating table, potentially increasing his percentage of the fight's total earnings across media rights and/or pay-per-view.

Heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury has scored a massive new deal which will see him become one of the highest paid athletes in Britain, effectively quadrupling his wealth.

With Fury and rival Deontay Wilder preparing to face off again after their entertaining clash back in December, Joshua announced his plans to head stateside for the first time in his career.

"When's the Wilder rematch?" another said. According to insiders, there were problems with the percentage for the rematch, the venue, the tricky issue of neutral judges, various secret clauses - in short, the deal most people thought was done and dusted, was a long, long way from completion. "(Haymon) wants to make the fight and that whatever is realistic will get done".

I'm not gonna sit here and slag it off, it's a great boxing fight.

Anthony Olaseni Joshua, The IBF, WBA and WBO world heavyweight champion, will defend his titles for his first professional fight on American soil in June. If you look down the top 10 rankings to showcase Fury in a legitimate fight in the USA, looking down the top 10 you have Bryant Jennings, Trevor Bryan, Andy Ruiz - you're not looking at really sexy opposition. I don't necessarily have to fight on the networks that I'm on, I can fight anywhere.

Since become world champion, Joshua has won bouts against Wladimir Klitschko, Dominic Breazeale, Carlos Takam, Joseph Parker, and most recently against Alexander Povetkin last September at Wembley Stadium in London.

Jarrell "Big Baby" Miller couldn't wait. The top heavyweights are fragmented from a broadcasting perspective.

Warren told BBC Sport on Monday that fights between the elite heavyweights "must happen for the fans".

"We are hoping to make the fight and figure out how with this new relationship they have with ESPN that it can be done". If Fury's team win that bid, which is surely part of the reason for the new alliance, then it will be Wilder's decision to fight or take flight.

"Just watched Frank Warren all but confirm that Fury won't be fighting Wilder next", added a third. He entered a big man, but left the ring an even bigger man and that is the reason for the new deal.

  • Steve Townsend