Enigmatic heavyweight star Tyson Fury is just one victory away from a flood of cash opening up due to a trilogy of high-profile battles.
Fury challenges Deontay Wilder for the WBC crown on Saturday night. He bids to complete a remarkable recovery – both mentally and physically.
The 30 year-old has the opportunity to claim the only title belt to avoid his grasp thus far. Fury also knows victory over Wilder secures an immediate return.
Speculation had been rife that Wembley Stadium would be the venue for Fury v Wilder II. First of all, ‘The Gypsy King’ has to pull off the shock.
Fury could then add another £13-15m minimum purse to his coffers on top of the guaranteed £7m he’s already set to bank from this weekend’s Pay-Per-View extravaganza.
Aware he has to beat Wilder twice, a double triumph almost certainly will set Fury up for a two-fight offering with Anthony Joshua.
Facing his arch-rival at the National Stadium in a second back-to-back rematch saga could see Fury bank a basic £50m (based on £15m per AJ bout) plus PPV extras for his next four fights, minimum.
It’s a far cry from the desperate situation Fury found himself in after defeating Wladimir Klitschko. A time when drink, drugs and depression took over his life.
On the verge of making the national stadium his home, Fury curiously stated the United States would become his regular haunt if he manages to walk away from The Staples Center with the green and gold strap.
“After I win the WBC belt will be staying here. You won’t see me fighting in England again. You heard it here first,” he claimed.
“Once I beat Wilder I will be the next big pay-per-view star in America. It’s the land of opportunity,” Fury added.
This statement could be an indication of a Las Vegas rematch already being agreed. Possibly win or lose against Wilder and could be bad news for Joshua.
Wembley is the biggest and most obvious venue to take Fury to the next level if he can become a two-time world champion. Whilst Joshua has to become his number one target after Wilder.
Whispers Fury could even retire after Saturday night have been emerging during fight week. Talks which comes after what has been a monumental effort by the Frank Warren fighter to reach peak condition in mind and body.
A contract to face Wladimir Klitschko a second time didn’t mean much in 2016. Although there’s a feeling Fury is a different character these days after becoming an advocate for mental health issues.
All will be revealed once the result is confirmed in California.
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