Warren says Tyson Fury is bigger attraction than Anthony Joshua


By Trevor McIntyre: British promoter Frank Warren says Tyson Fury has now become a bigger attraction than IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. The only way of knowing whether that’s the case is for Fury to become a big pay-per-view star in the UK the way Joshua currently is doing with him fighting on Sky Box Office PPV, and filling large stadiums with eager boxing fans paying to see him beat up on guys like Alexander Povetkin, Joseph Parker and Carlos Takam.

Fury’s popularity has skyrocketed since his controversial 12 round draw against WBC heavyweight champion Deontay ‘Bronze Bomber’ Wilder (40-0-1 39 KOs) last month on December 1 on SHOWTIME PPV at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. 

“I think he’s now a bigger attraction than Anthony Joshua,” Warren said about Fury to the BBC Sport.

Being popular is obviously a great thing for the 6’9″ Fury, but if he keeps getting dropped by Wilder, he’s probably not going to beat in the rematch. Fury was knocked down twice by Wilder in the championship rounds, and he was lucky the fight wasn’t stopped in the twelfth. Fury looked like he was unconscious after getting hit by two sledgehammer blows form the 6’7″ Wilder. 

You hate to second guess referees, but the decision making by referee Jack Reiss in giving Fury a count was a strange one. Fury looked to be unconscious after being knocked down in the final round. After the knockdown, Reiss turned to Wilder and spent a second making sure he was in his neutral corner before he started the count. That delay may have saved Fury. If Reiss had turned to Fury to start counting, he would have likely would given up counting and halted the fight when he saw that he wasn’t going to wake up quickly. Fury was the one that was hurt in the fight, and put down twice. You don’t win fights like that. If the rematch is the same, Fury will probably lose. Wilder says he wants to make sure that if he drops Fury in the rematch, he won’t be getting up. Fury’s popularity will plummet off the cliff if he’s knocked out by Wilder in the rematch. 

“He seems to have reached a certain point in his career now where you can see what the flaws are,” Warren said about Joshua. “He’s vulnerable, he’s wobbled in most of his fights. Joshua doesn’t even want to fight him because I think he knows he’ll get beat.”

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