Fury's new ESPN deal casts shadow over Wilder rematch

Wednesday, 20 Feb, 2019

For £80million, Fury's fights must be shown exclusively on ESPN in America while Wilder is believed to have a loose arrangement with their rival Showtime.

'I want Joshua, Wilder, and everyone else out there too.

Tyson Fury's co-promotional deal with Top Rank and Queensberry Promotions can not guarantee all his next five fights appear on ESPN in the US, SportBusiness understands.

Asked about negotiations for bouts with the division's biggest names, Warren said: "They will now have to come to us".

All of the 30-year-old's bouts will be shown in the United States across ESPN networks and ESPN+, the broadcaster's over-the-top (OTT) subscription service, while the events will continue to air on BT Sport in the UK.

"The agreement will mean that Fury will be a headline part of the boxing lineup under the historic, long-termTop Rank on ESPN relationship".

Fury's deal with ESPN calls for a minimum of two fights per year in the USA, which could present another stumbling block for a British heavyweight showdown with rival Anthony Joshua, who himself has a stateside TV deal with sports streaming subscription service DAZN.

Fury's promoter Warren insists the Wilder-Fury rematch remains likely, and the British fighter was adamant it is "more makeable now than ever" after signing his multi-year, multi-fight agreement with ESPN. "If you're watching Deontay, I'm coming for you, baby!"

When probed about a fight with Anthony Joshua Frank Warren said they had approached Joshua's camp but they demanded "all the money".

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". Showtime's not the only game in town.

And the 87-year-old ex-Muhammad Ali promoter says he is ready to get Fury an opponent in May to help raise his U.S. profile even higher before revisiting the idea of the rerun. Talks are continuing but he's not going to sit around waiting.

"I could hype him up but Miller can't punch, he hasn't got good work rate". He wants to be active and become a big star.

You see, Wilder and Al Haymon, Wilder's adviser and co-manager, can simply trawl through the ratings and select another fighter and get on with business in much the same way they have been since Wilder won the title in 2015.

"(ESPN) will be Tyson's exclusive broadcaster in the States, and have a platform of almost three million. "To have an global guy with his charisma and personality and appeal to have the linear championship and have a lot of fights out there for him just magnifies the whole sport".