Tyson Fury deal with ESPN casts doubt over whole heavyweight division

Fury’s last fight ended in a draw against Wilder in Dec 2018

Fury’s last fight ended in a draw against Wilder in Dec 2018

Tyson Fury has signed a mega television deal with American network ESPN, while renewing his contract with British channel BT Sport.

British heavyweight Tyson Fury has signed a broadcast deal under which his fights will be shown exclusively on ESPN platforms in the United States.

Wilder, meanwhile, knocked down Fury in the ninth and 12th rounds of their December 1 fight at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

"If I didn't want to fight him (Wilder) I wouldn't have done it in the first place".

Today, both Warren and Fury have put on a press conference to talk about the deal.

"Top Rank is very excited to enter into the promotional arrangement along with Queensberry Promotions for the lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury", Arum said.

Fellow promoter Arum said of Fury: "He is a generational heavyweight talent at the peak of his powers". "We also look forward to our growing relationship with MTK Global, which represents so many world-class fighters".

It's likely that the fight could go to a purse bid, if Fury and Wilder's teams can't agree a deal.

Wilder is contracted to Showtime, making it very hard for negotiations regarding a rematch.

The 87-year-old Arum acknowledged that an immediate rematch with Wilder is the most profitable fight Fury can take at the moment.

In a subsequent interview with BT Sport, the "fit as a fiddle and healthy as a trout" Fury expressed his delight at the new deal, with Warren, and the position he now finds himself in compared to where he was a year ago.

I asked promoter of Joshua Eddie Hearn why the fight wasn't happening and one thing he told me really has stayed with me in recent weeks.

Something struck me a few days after it that really hit home in terms of the ongoing battle you're seeing in the media between the various promoters and managers in terms of who is to blame for the Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder fight not happening just yet.

It means Wilder, Fury and unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua all have rival U.S. broadcasters, which could make negotiations for them to fight each another more challenging.

Previously, Fury's lack of a permanent USA television home made it feel like any fight was possible.

Warren also rejected claims that a deal with Wilder was now off the table, saying: "Tyson wants it, we all want it, and now we've got to make it happen". This means that two of the biggest sports broadcasters in America will be contracted to showcase the fight.

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