Tyson Fury to earn $100 million for five fights
British heavyweight Tyson Fury has signed a contract with the ESPN television channel and the promotional company Top Rank. The contract is for the next five fights of Fury, which will now be broadcasted in the United States on ESPN. The right to show Tyson fights in the UK will remain to BT Sport. The promoter of the boxer will continue to be Frank Warren, but now his co-promoter will be Bob Arum, head of Top Rank. In total, for the five fights, the former champion will earn just over 103 million dollars.
Fury himself believes that this deal makes a rematch with WBC champion Deontey Wilder more feasible. However, Fury, Wilder and IBF, WBA and WBO champion Anthony Joshua are now working with competing American broadcasters, which may make future negotiations more difficult.
Wilder has a contract with Showtime, and Joshua has a contract with the streaming platform DAZN.
The first fight between Deonte Wilder and Tyson Fury took place on December 1 last year in Los Angeles and became one of the most dramatic fights of recent years. The Briton was more convincing in most rounds, but at the end of the fight Wilder sent Fury on the floor twice, thanks and the American snatched a draw and defended his WBC title.