English boxing promoter Frank Warren said that this week he’ll discuss the Deontay Wilder (41-0-1) rematch with his biggest star – Tyson Fury (28-0-1).
“The Gypsy King” barely sweat against Tom Schwarz this past Saturday night, finishing him in two rounds in front of sold-out MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Right after the fight, there was one main topic – when will the pair meet again. Fury and Wilder collided last December in Los Angeles, but a controversial draw left an unfinished job for both boxers.
The 30-years-old Fury is scheduled to fight again this fall on either September 21 or October 5, but there is still no certainty on his next “dancing partner”. Wilder, on the other hand, is scheduled to give a rematch to Cuba’s Luis Ortiz later this year and if both guys emerge as winners, the lucrative heavyweight rematch will probably take place around March or April 2020.
‘There’s a desire on both sides to get it done,’ Warren said.
‘They’re huge fights; they’re the two best heavyweights out there, and there’s a desire because there’s unfinished business. Whatever way you want to look at it, even if Wilder thinks he won the fight, he was robbed.
‘You know it’s going to be a good fight, know that you get these two characters, a devastating puncher, probably the hardest punching heavyweight of the last 25 years, against the best heavyweight boxer I’ve seen in the same time.
‘In New York, the opponent will be somebody who’s ranked in the top five and a step-up from Schwarz. Whoever it is will be selected with half-an-eye on Wilder.
‘We need to sit down and have a discussion with Tyson, which is what we’ll do in the next few days. He’s just told you he wants the fight; everybody wants the fight. He’s the best heavyweight in the world. He’s the complete package. He’s improving. He’s only 30, not in his prime, and over the next four or fights will cement his legacy as the best heavyweight of his generation.’
‘I remember when Floyd Mayweather boxed Oscar De La Hoya in 2007 and he said: “I’m done with the sport, what more can I achieve?”. But even then he went on, kept improving and tried to achieve more and more, and that’s similar to where we’re at with Tyson.
‘The next opponent hasn’t got to be exactly similar (to Wilder), but I don’t want to make the adaption to somebody short then back to somebody tall again. There were elements I liked in there (against Schwarz); Tyson was just looking for something a little bit too much.’