War­ren: Fury v Joshua bout will sell out

Sunday Tribune - - SPORT - ALAN BALD­WIN

UN­DE­FEATED Bri­tish heavy­weight Tyson Fury is now big­ger box-of­fice than his com­pa­triot world cham­pion An­thony Joshua, ac­cord­ing to pro­moter Frank War­ren.

For­mer cham­pion Fury fought to a thrilling, but con­tro­ver­sial, split de­ci­sion draw with Amer­i­can WBC belt holder Deon­tay Wilder in Los An­ge­les last month and a re-match looks likely.

“He’s the peo­ple’s cham­pion,” War­ren said of the self-styled ‘Gypsy King’. “I think he’s now a big­ger at­trac­tion than An­thony Joshua.

“Who­ever he fights next, if Tyson Fury fights in this coun­try, it is go­ing to be a sell-out, wher­ever he fights,” he told the BBC.

“At the mo­ment I’m talk­ing with Shelly Finkel, who looks af­ter Wilder, and we are try­ing to get the re­match to­gether.”

Fury’s bout with Wilder was only his third since a two-and-a-half year ab­sence from the sport fol­low­ing men­tal health is­sues and a failed drug test.

Joshua is the un­de­feated holder of the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavy­weight belts and a uni­fi­ca­tion bout with Wilder would be a block­buster draw. His next fight is due at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium on April 13 against an as-yet un­named op­po­nent.

“Tyson only wants big fights. There’s only two big fights out there that’s Wilder, and that’s Joshua,” said War­ren. “Joshua doesn’t even want to fight him be­cause I think he knows he’ll get beat.”

War­ren said a Fury v Joshua fight, pos­si­bly in Cardiff, would sell out 10 times over.

“It would grip the coun­try - one of those events that tran­scends the back pages. Ev­ery­body would be talk­ing about it,” said the pro­moter. | Reuters

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