Fury signed a 100 million contract with the promoter Lomachenko

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Back in December the world watched as the Gypsy King and the American WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder went toe-to-toe in Las Vegas, with Wilder controversially retaining his title on a points decision.

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Warren said the partnership with ESPN and Top Rank in the USA would give Fury the chance to perform on "the biggest and most powerful platforms on both sides of the Atlantic and become a truly global star". After his great victory, however, Fury delved into a world of booze, drugs, food, and depression...only to finally emerge after two years and two tuneup fights to face the hard hitting American, Wilder.

The £80million was an offer too good for Tyson Fury to refuse, but it remains to be seen if it comes at the cost of world heavyweight title fights against Deontay Wilder and Anthony Joshua.

Then the ESPN deal was revealed and the shift took place: In simple terms, which is never easy in the darkest of sporting trades, the deal gives Fury much more power and potential influence at the negotiating table for a future fight with Wilder. While a joint PPV deal between both networks is still possible and akin to previous agreements made between HBO and Showtime for the 2002 Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson and 2015 Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fights, Wilder-Fury II isn't on the same level financially after producing just over 300,000 PPV buys. As far as I'm concerned it's more makeable now than ever, because we've the biggest boys in the game behind us.

Fury told a press conference in London that the rematch, which had appeared set for Las Vegas or NY in May, was "more makeable now than ever, because we have the biggest boys in the game behind us".

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"He's coming up against a true fighter, thats why he can't beat me on his best day".

"I put him down seven times in the first spar and I sent him home packing back to the United States of America".

"I have not seen him in three years", said Arum, who is adamant that the rematch would be shown on ESPN. "We all want it and will make it happen". It's changed dramatically, so it's up to us now to sit down and get it over the line.

"I've got a picture of him of my screensaver, I've got a picture of him on my wall. He wants to be active and he wants to become a big star".

"(ESPN) will be Tyson's exclusive broadcaster in the States, and have a platform of almost three million.

"It gives him a chance to become the guy you want to fight now".

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