Boxing promoter Frank Warren spoke to ESPN and touched upon his star boxer’s immediate future in the sport. Warren expressed his views on Tyson Fury and the timeline that he was working in for the WBC champion. ‘The Gypsy King’ is contractually set to face Deontay Wilder for a trilogy bout slated for December 19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has gone a long way in possibly foiling those plans for the end-of-year showdown. The mega-fight would be well-suited to be contested in the presence of fans who have followed along with the saga. Moreover, their previous outing was the highest-grossing live gate for a heavyweight title match-up set for Las Vegas.
In light of this, Warren has toyed with the idea of Tyson Fury competing in a non-title bout in the UK sometime this year. He is looking to move the trilogy bout for February 22, 2021, thus allowing fans to witness the trilogy.
“The first priority is to get Tyson in with Deontay Wilder, and the second priority is to get Tyson to fight this year. I’ve got no conflict with Bob Arum, but Tyson is not going to wait until February to fight, it’s not what he wants.”
Fury’s co-promotor, Bob Arum, has spoken out on the fact that Fury-Wilder in 2021 may be a more realistic scenario.
“Tyson is contracted to fight Deontay Wilder, but Tyson has made it very clear that he wants to fight this year. He’s been training all of this year and my job is to deliver him a fight if the Wilder fight cannot happen this year.”
Tyson Fury has been training regularly in anticipation of a bout and has shared his progress on social media. He appears to be gearing up to face the stiffest competition, no matter who that may inevitably be.
“It might be a 10-rounder, I don’t know at the moment. It’s no one’s fault that this is the situation we are in but it can’t go on forever and you have to make some commercial decision and for Tyson’s wellbeing.”
With other options such as Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte out of the picture, Fury remains without an opponent. Warren said that neither fight will take place within the remaining months of 2020. Chiefly, he has been in conversation with rival promoter Eddie Hearn to possibly work out another viable opponent.
Combat sports fans will anticipate the possibility of Tyson Fury fighting a boxer from Hearn’s stable roster. ‘The Gypsy King’ is a certified draw, and any featured bout will garner significant attention amongst the fans.