Fury tells Wilder: ‘Go get yourself known first in U.S, then I’ll fight you’


By Chris William: Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) let WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (40-0-1, 39 KOs) this week that he doesn’t plan on fighting him again until he becomes better known in the United States. Fury wants Wilder to build his name up first in his own country before he faces him again. 

Ultimately, both fighters’ careers will be hurt if they don’t face each other again, and right now there’s a lot of speculation about whether they ever will. 

Fury signed with Top Rank Boxing this week, and the CEO of that company, Bob Arum, wants to let the Wilder-Fury fight marinate for a while. Arum says he wants to make the fight between them in the fall.

Arum says the rematch will be taking place in the fall after the two fighters become better known. There’s some doubt whether that’s going to happen, though. Arum has a number of heavyweights in his Top Rank stable that he might choose to match against Fury to keep him winning in order to build up his profile, and to bring in the subscribers to ESPN+.

“Get yourself a bit more well known in America first kid & then I’ll give you another chance,” Fury said on his social media site. “I already beat you and the world knows it, and so do you😉 [It] must be hard for you that a British fighter has taken over the USA 🇺🇸😉 watch me whippppp #ONLYINAMERICA @espn,” Fury said.

Fury is giving a good excuse for why he’s going to be ducking the rematch with Wilder. By telling Wilder that he needs to get better known in the U.S, it’ll go over well with the boxing fans that see that as a logical excuse. Top Rank promoter Arum is paying Fury a lot of money to fight for him now, and there’s no need for him to face Wilder ever again. If Fury is content to make good money fighting the guys in Arum’s Top Rank stable for years, a rematch with Wilder is going to be forgotten. What some believe is that Arum is going to build up Fury as much as he can by putting him in with guys he’s certain he can beat, and then when he’s as big a name as possible, he’ll match him against IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua. By that point, Wilder will likely be an after thought, as he’ll have been beaten by Joshua or one of the contenders.

If Fury fights Wilder in a rematch in May, he might lose to him, and Top Rank would be stuck with a fighter with no market value in the U.S. As such, it’s quite possible that Top Rank won’t put Fury in with Wilder until a much later point, possibly in a year or two. In the meantime, they can continue to attract interest in the Wilder vs. Fury II fight by saying the fight is just around the corner. In other words, this would be the same move that we saw with the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Paquiao fight. Mayweather’s name was mentioned repeatedly each time Pacquiao fight someone, and but then Top Rank wouldn’t put the fight together. It’s believed that the boxing fans were more interested in seeing Pacquiao’s fights only because they always believed that the Mayweather fight was just around the corner. After six years, the Mayweather-Pacquiao match was finally made in 2015. Once those two fought each other, Pacquiao’s popularity dropped off dramatically.

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