How Deontay Wilder helped Tyson Fury become the UK’s top name fighter
Tyson Fury is officially the biggest name in U.K. boxing after proving his ticket-selling power at home – and it’s massively thanks to Deontay Wilder.
When nobody would go near Fury with a bargepole when he decided to shed 140 pounds to embark on a return after three dark years, Wilder stepped up to the plate.
Fury got written off by Eddie Hearn for a shot at Anthony Joshua’s title, and only Wilder was available for a championship chance.
Having already given Deontay Wilder verbals when drunk at a Showtime taping of a “Bronze Bomber” fight, Fury had a history with the then WBC ruler.
After several discussions about how the split would work in Wilder’s favor, the American puncher accepted the challenge.
Wilder vs. Fury was born and secured for Showtime Pay Per View in December 2018.
An instant classic, the topsy-turvy battle turned Fury into a stateside draw. It also had Top Rank promoter interested in signing him.
Before Wilder’s involvement, no U.S. promoters would go near ‘The Gypsy King.’ That’s all thanks to Wilder. His nemesis had enhanced his name through a series of stunning knockouts.
Bringing Fury back after Bob Arum took over at the helm, the rest all hinged on a sustained assault on the U.S. market. Fans took Fury to American hearts, and the rest is history.
A brilliant rematch win was followed by one of the best heavyweight fights of all time and led Fury to a homecoming sellout.
Hearn once again wrote Fury off by stating he wouldn’t sell Wembley out, like his beloved Anthony Joshua. Fury once again proved him wrong.
The WBC and Lineal world champion now returns to his home. He’s earned an all-British battle against WBC interim champion Dillian Whyte on Saturday, April 23.
London’s Wembley Stadium will be bouncing after 85,000 tickets sold within hours. Fury will once again get broadcast live on Pay-Per-View in the U.S.
Warren, who is solely responsible for bringing Fury back into the limelight and, to this point, is delighted with the reaction.
“Tyson Fury is coming home to fight under the arch at Wembley Stadium. It is a fitting reward for the No.1 heavyweight in the world following his exploits across the Atlantic in his epic trilogy against Deontay Wilder,” said the Hall of Famer.
“The fact that this mandatory defense of his WBC title comes against another Brit only adds to the occasion.
“They are undoubtedly two of the biggest characters in British sport. Both normally have plenty to say for themselves.
“It is going to be an incredible night. A huge occasion for sport in this country that will capture the imagination of fans right across the world.”
Arum stated: “Tyson Fury conquered America. It is only fitting that he defends the heavyweight championship in a packed Wembley Stadium.
“Dillian Whyte has called for this fight for years. While he is a deserving challenger, no heavyweight can match ‘The Gypsy King.’
“This is going to be a momentous night of boxing with tens of thousands of fans in attendance at Wembley Stadium.”
The loveable Briton is back on top of the world. Deontay Wilder deserves a lot of credit for his part in the astronomic rise.
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