Frank Warren: No TV problem for Joshua v Fury as BT / Sky can show it
Frank Warren believes he has the solution to any TV gripes over making a heavyweight blockbuster between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has stated the fight could be harder to make now that Fury has aligned with Warren, although the veteran himself says the all-UK clash can be shown by both networks simultaneously.
When it comes the Pay-Per-View, Warren may well let Sky Box Office have that part of any deal and sees Joshua v Fury having at least nine-figures in the pot.
“The TV shouldn’t be a problem, BT and Sky Sports can both show it. Who cares? I think it’s great for the fighters to do that, it’s the chance to make even more money,” Warren told The Independent.
“It would be biggest grossing fight that’s ever taken place in this country, that’s for sure. It would be a huge gate and you’d probably get two million people watching it on pay-per-view.
“That’s £50m in the tank straight away without the gate or anything else. It could make £100m, for sure.”
On Joshua seemingly side-stepping Fury for the likes of Alexander Povetkin and Deontay Wilder, Warren is adamant the current king won’t be fully recognised as such until he faces the former ruler.
“Tyson never lost his titles in the ring and Anthony Joshua has just been the benefactor of Tyson’s self-inflicted wounds,” pointed out Warren.
“The fact of the matter is that until he beats Tyson Fury, he isn’t the lineal champion. That’s just how it is.
“As much as Tyson Fury needs to fight him, he needs to fight Tyson Fury. It needs to be done and nothing should get in the way of that.”
‘AJ’ is facing Joseph Parker on March 31 in a bid to win yet another world title, whilst Fury is pencilled in for a comeback outing in April or May after two years out.