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Nov
2018

Frank Warren outlines how easy it was to make ’50-50′ Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury fight

World Boxing News 21/08/2018

Frank Warren had a slight dig at his promotional nemesis Eddie Hearn as the Hall of Famer revealed details of an equal split between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. 

The pair of heavyweights will compete for the WBC heavyweight title later this year in Las Vegas after Wilder turned to Fury following failed talks with Anthony Joshua.

As WBN explained in detail at the time, Shelly Finkel was at his wit’s end attempting to negotiate a deal for Wilder to face Joshua until eventually giving up when Hearn failed to agree a rematch clause.

According to a contract sent by Hearn and received by Finkel, Joshua only wanted a rematch if he lost, leaving Wilder high and dry if their meeting was a draw or ‘AJ’ took the green belt.

Finkel and Wilder then contacted Fury in order to see if a deal was possible and Warren has revealed talks went very smoothly between both sides.

“All of the terms are agreed,” Fury’s promoter Warren outlining a 50-50 split to BBC Radio 5 live. “We’re working at the moment on the date and the venue.

“We have another unification match with Josh Warrington and Carl Frampton and we don’t want a clash on those two dates.

“One of those fights will be in November, and one will be in December.”


Adding to the why the deal was so simple, Warred said: “He was the world heavyweight champion. He’s undefeated. They understand that.”

Nevada remains a huge favorite to stage Wilder v Fury, possibly in November at the T-Mobile Arena, with Showtime PPV and BT Sports Box Office picking up TV rights on either side of the Atlantic.

For Joshua, a mandatory defense of his unified crown on September 22 at Wembley Stadium looks likely to be followed up by further stipulations with the WBO and IBF.

This leaves any contest against the winner of Wilder v Fury potentially off the table until 2020.

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