Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder rematch could be ‘biggest in heavyweight history’
Tyson Fury's rematch with Deontay Wilder could become the biggest fight in heavyweight history.
That is according to Fury’s new American promoter Bob Arum.
Fury and WBC champion Wilder are on course for a rematch early next year after their controversial draw in December.
The Brit first has to overcome unfancied Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas this weekend and is expected to box in September too.
While Wilder is due to defend his title against Luis Ortiz in autumn.
But if both remain unbeaten then they will face each other again and Arum reckons it could equal or eclipse the biggest fights in the division’s history.
The hall-of-fame promoter believes with rolling news channels and social media it will be easier to make it a huge event.
He said: “It will be tremendous. We hope that it can equal or exceed the greatest heavyweight championship matches of all time.
“I think it can be bigger than Lennox Lewis against Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali against George Foreman was over in Zaire but the first fight between Ali and Joe Frazier was really the biggest fight in boxing history.
“We didn’t have the communications technology then to make it as big as it should have been but the whole world stopped for it.
“But we have the technology now.”
Arum has signed Fury to an £80m deal with US broadcaster ESPN but they will come to an agreement with rivals Showtime so both show the rematch next year.
Only two fights have been shared like that on this side of the Atlantic.
That was Lennox Lewis against Mike Tyson in 2002 and Floyd Mayweather Jnr against Manny Pacquiao in 2015 as both were shown on Showtime and HBO.
Arum reckons promoting Fury is a dream and that will help build the return fight between the two.
“It is like getting on a bus with someone else driving, Fury does it all,” he said.
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