Fury challenges rivals after ESPN signing: 'Come to Tyson'

Davison was almost kicked out of the arena
Davison was almost kicked out of the arena
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20 February, 2019

Fury's future fights will now be broadcast live on BT Sport in the United Kingdom and ESPN in the US.

Fury, however, said his deal with ESPN would make the Wilder fight easier to set up.

Since become world champion, Joshua has won bouts against Wladimir Klitschko, Dominic Breazeale, Carlos Takam, Joseph Parker, and most recently against Alexander Povetkin last September at Wembley Stadium in London.

But Fury, Wilder and IBF, WBA and WBO champion Anthony Joshua now work with rival USA broadcasters, making future negotiations arguably more hard.

Bunce: Wilder's manager Shelly Finkel has told me as far as he is concerned, the deal will not impact anything going forward.

"Fire-fests I always win, boxing matches I always with". It would mean that should Wilder agree to fight Fury, three U.S. broadcasters would have a legitimate claim to show the fight. But we have realised with this deal that the blockades and obstacles are huge going forward here.

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Before the news conference began, Miller proceeded to push Joshua as they squared up for the cameras. He said he has seen signs of goodwill from both sides. The defence against Fury was Wilder's eighth and there are plenty of heavyweights out there for Wilder to meet and beat. In reality, the amount Fury earns will fluctuate based on the quality of his opponents and the amount that broadcasters are willing to pay for rights to his biggest fights.

Public perception of Joshua has slipped in some quarters, with the unified champion facing criticism for not agreeing mega fights with Wilder or Fury. Wilder knocked Fury down twice in their first fight, and seemingly had him out in the 12th round, but Fury got to his feet and was fighting back at the end in as dramatic of a finish to a heavyweight title bout as there had been in decades.

Fury worked in solitude for a year with his new coach, Ben Davison, and from boxing's wilderness the gentle construction of the toppled giant took place. During a Sporting News interview that followed that confrontation, Joshua looked visibly irked when SN's Andreas Hale informed him of what Miller had to say about his mother. There will be more of an understanding about what Joshua is doing with his career.

After Joshua called Miller "the softest puncher in the heavyweight division", "Big Baby" retorted, "Your mom thinks I'm hitting hard, though". He entered a big man, but left the ring an even bigger man and that is the reason for the new deal.

Like many fans, I am completely confused as to what is going on.


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