Warren eyes big money rematch following controversial decision

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder at the end of their fight. Picture: Esther Lin / Showtime
Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder at the end of their fight. Picture: Esther Lin / Showtime
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Frank Warren plans to begin negotiations for a lucrative rematch between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder imminently.

In his role as Fury’s promoter, and alongside the British Boxing Board of Control, he has made a complaint to the WBC over the scores that meant their thrilling world heavyweight title fight, at Los Angeles’ Staples Centre, concluded as a draw.

His hope is that the sanctioning body order an immediate rematch, but speaking post-fight - having already spoken of his desire for a rematch - Wilder also reiterated his willingness to fight IBF, WBA and WBO champion Anthony Joshua.

A fight between the two champions for all four titles might even prove richer than Wilder-Fury II, but in the present circumstances would represent an injustice and also seems unlikely, with Joshua expected to fight Dillian Whyte at Wembley on April 13.

The likeliest outcome would appear to be Wilder-Fury II in a Las Vegas casino, also in the coming spring.

With his fighter’s reputation enhanced, Warren told Press Association Sport: “You’d think they’d want the rematch. They’ve said they do.

“I think it’s got a good chance of coming to London. You’d have a 90,000 gate at Wembley, so you’re talking serious money. But with Tyson, he’ll travel - he’ll go where the money is, for March, April.

“I find it invigorating. From where he’s come from, I just really enjoy it.

“They said he wasn’t going to sell any tickets. They said it wouldn’t go ahead - well it did go ahead, didn’t it?

“They said it was going to be a boring fight. It was one of the most exciting fights - certainly the most exciting I’ve seen at heavyweight in America since Lennox Lewis-Vitali Klitschko (in 2003).

“I’ve worked with Mike Tyson, Frank Bruno - all of those. Now, Fury’s the people’s champion.” That Fury succeeded in performing to such a high level following a period of only 14 unremarkable rounds in three years, fully vindicated his trainer, the previously unproven 26 year old Ben Davison.

Fury said: “Everybody said Ben couldn’t do it and he’d fold under pressure. But I didn’t see any folding, Ben. Did you, son?

“He didn’t fold.

“I knew I’d made the right choice in old Davison here.

“He did a fantastic job.

“Nobody in the world could have done a better job than Ben.”