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2019

Tyson Fury signs ‘biggest partnership in boxing history’ with ESPN

Ringside 18/02/2019

Tyson Fury, one of the world’s most dynamic and popular heavyweight boxers, and Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren are joining forces with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum’s Top Rank.

The agreement will mean that Fury will be a headline part of the boxing lineup under the historic, long-term Top Rank on ESPN relationship.

Fury, the undefeated lineal heavyweight champion, will have his bouts co-promoted by Top Rank and Queensberry Promotions.

The deal calls for a minimum of two bouts per year in the United States.

Since announcing the landmark Top Rank on ESPN agreement in 2017, and expanding it in August 2018, the comprehensive alliance has showcased blockbuster Top Rank fights. Plus content across ESPN networks and ESPN+, the multi-sport, direct-to-consumer streaming service in the U.S.

All the parties will work closely to set and announce the details of Fury’s debut soon.

BT Sport will continue to be the television home in the United Kingdom for all of Fury’s fights.

Top Rank, Fury’s management team MTK Global and Queensberry Promotions, worked seamlessly to close the groundbreaking deal.

“MTK Global are thrilled to have played a role in what can only be described as a monumental partnership. It’s no doubt the biggest one in the boxing industry.

“We’re looking forward to working more closely with the teams at Top Rank and ESPN well into the future,” said Sandra Vaughan, CEO MTK Global.


FORM

Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) won the lineal heavyweight title in November 2015. He scored a unanimous decision over Wladimir Klitschko. At the time, Klitschko had made 18 title defenses during a nearly decade-long reign.

While never losing inside the ring, Fury relinquished the WBA, IBF, and WBO belts while dealing with well-documented mental health and substance abuse issues.

After more than two-and-a-half years away from the ring, Fury, whose weight had ballooned to more than 400 pounds, returned in June of last year.

A pair of wins over Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta set the stage for one of the most dramatic heavyweight title matches in boxing history.

Against WBC World Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder on Dec. 1 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Fury put forth a boxing masterclass and survived a hellacious 12th-round knockdown to, seemingly, do enough to defeat Wilder.

The judges, however, ruled the bout a split draw. Fury, still just 30, retained his status as lineal champion. He realized an against-all-odds comeback story.

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