Tyson Fury and his promoter Frank Warren have denounced suggestions that the Gypsy King is pulling out of his world heavyweight championship super-fight against Deontay Wilder as ‘mischievous nonsense’.
Fury became aware of the scare-mongering upon his return from a short cruise with his family following the victory in Belfast which cemented his deal to challenge for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title in the US this winter.
He took immediately to social media to say: ‘I’ve just heard the rumours the fight is off. Not on my watch it ain’t. I’m not pulling out of nothing.
Tyson Fury has insists he will fight Deontay Wilder this winter amid talk of him cancelling it
‘It’s on like Donkey Kong. Tyson Fury is like a King coming to America. I’m already fit and I resume training on September 1. But I’m ready already with no more weight to lose. I’m coming for Wilder’s belt.’
Speculation that such a huge challenge against the Alabama knock-out merchant is coming too early in only his third comeback bout came festering to a head when a boxing writer for a US sports network claimed that ‘a source’ in Fury’s management team who he did not reveal told him that he ‘is baulking’ at going ahead with the fight.
Coincidentally Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn – as they build up to AJ’s defence of his world heavyweight titles against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley next month – cited a similar unnamed ‘source’ when doubting whether Fury’s fight will take place, questioning whether the deal is finalised and saying that the clash with Wilder is ‘so far away.’
Fury cemented his deal to challenge for Wilder’s WBC belt by beating Francesco Pianeta
Fury responded: ‘They sent me the contract and I’ve signed it and sent it back.’
Warren added: ‘You heard him. You can believe him.’
Of facing Wilder without at least one more warm-up after defeating Francesco Pianeta, the giant Manchester traveller says: ‘I’m a big believer in when it’s your time, it’s your time. My uncle Hughie used to say that if you can fight, fight and if you can’t fight, don’t fight. I’m going to prove I can fight by taking the most dangerous heavyweight in the world in his own backyard.’
Warren and the MTK management group with whom the self-managed Fury has an informal relationship are challenging the doubters to name the ‘so-called source.’
‘Not one of us,’ says an MTK spokesman. ‘So who?’
Fury has dismissed talk of a member of his management expressing doubts over the fight
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has called it ‘nonsense’ and said everything has been agreed
Warren says: ‘This is nonsense. We have already done all the filming with Tyson and Deontay and their teams for the BT Sports programming leading up to their broadcast of the fight. So who is the source supposed to be for the report in the US?
‘To be honest, I’ve never had much respect for this particular reporter in America.’
The Showtime cable network are also primed for the pay-per-view screening in the US. All this follows the breakdown of protracted negotiations for Joshua to fight Wilder in a title unification battle at Wembley, for which the American declined a flat $15 million from Hearn after his own team’s offer of a minimum $50 million had been spurned.
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There is not much love lost between Hearn and Warren and the latter says: ‘There is a lot of envy out there about Tyson getting this fight. But instead of making mischief other promoters would do better trying to sell all the unsold tickets for their own event.’
Wilder has no doubt that Fury, whose own lineal heavyweight title will also be on the line, is totally committed to their fight. He says: ‘For one thing Tyson would lose too much face if he backed out now after everything’s he’s said and done. For another thing, there’s too much money at stake.’
Fury is expected to be paid a minimum $20 million from a straight 50-50 split deal for boxing Wilder in Las Vegas this November or December.
The Manchester giant is expected to get $20 million for fighting Wilder in Las Vegas this winter