Promoter Frank Warren addressed the constant doubts surrounding a possible heavyweight clash between top fighter Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder in 2018.
Since the clash was confirmed by Warren, Fury, Wilder, Shelly Finkel, Showtime Sports and BT Sport, rival Eddie Hearn, father Barry and a clutch of Matchroom Boxing stars have been less than convinced the fight happens.
Despite a date in Las Vegas this December being on the verge of being confirmed, Warren has felt the need to address his main competitor’s comments…and not for the first time.
“Tyson Fury absolutely no hesitation in agreeing to do what the great fighters do. That is to readily accept the challenge of taking on the best out there in the biggest fight there to be made,” said Warren.
“Jumping back in at the deep end against the unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder just two fights into his comeback after some two and a half years out of the ring speaks volumes for the man and the competitor inside of him.
“It is a big leap of faith and quality, make no mistake, but Tyson’s mindset has altered since he was first planning his return. He hasn’t been the most active fighter over the years anyway and he probably needs the motivation of a fight that will capture the imagination of the public.
“The public, I am sure, will be right behind him in his bid to add the WBC belt to his collection and begin a second reign as heavyweight champion of the world.
“It is just a pity that some people in the business find the need to cast doubt on the validity of his intentions, which is to do what the great fighters of yesteryear used to do on a regular basis.
“The best heavyweights used to fight the best, over and over again in some cases and the fight fans would accept nothing less from these true lords of the ring.”
Fury has been talking up the contest in regular Instagram posts as a chance to become a two-weight world title holder nears completion.
A mass of UK fans are expected to invade the United States in the run up to Christmas for the clash as Fury bids to inflict a maiden loss in 41 bouts on big punching American Wilder.