British heavyweight, Tyson Fury has confirmed an extension of his partnership with BT Sport, as well as a new multi-fight agreement with ESPN and Bob Arum’s Top Rank Boxing.
The deal will see means Fury will feature regularly in the US, live on BT Sport in the UK and ESPN in the US as Frank Warren will be working alongside Bob Arum aiming to secure Fury the biggest fights in the heavyweight division.
Fury commented: “I’m delighted that Frank and Queensberry Promotions have teamed up with Top Rank to promote my fights in America.
“With ESPN and BT Sport behind me, the biggest sports platforms in the world are now linked up with the best heavyweight in the world.”
Hall of fame boxing promoter Warren added: “This is a great move for Tyson Fury and a great move for Queensberry Promotions.
“By partnering up with ESPN and Top Rank in America, we’re giving Tyson the opportunity to perform on the biggest and most powerful platforms on both sides of the Atlantic and become a truly global star.”
Top Rank chief Arum emphasised: “Top Rank is very excited to enter into the promotional arrangement along with Queensberry Promotions for the lineal heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury.
“He is a generational heavyweight talent at the peak of his powers. We also look forward to our increasing relationship with MTK Global, which represents so many world-class fighters.”
The deal, which is reportedly worth around £80m may hinder the touted rematch between Fury and WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder is in jeopardy as the American is in a partnership with Showtime.
May 18th had been the rumoured date for a Vegas rematch between Wilder and Fury, with purse bids for the fight delayed until next week. It’s a fight that Warren emphasised they still wanted, however his comments regarding Fury not sitting around an waiting, may leave boxing fans feeling sceptical over whether the fight will take place.
The new partnership means that all three marquee names in the heavyweight division are signed to different American broadcasters, with Anthony Joshua, who makes his US debut in June, signed to DAZN.