Tyson Fury Will Join Broadcast Team For Vargas-Funeka Card

TORONTO, ON-- It's only fitting that perhaps the best talker in the sport of boxing should be be on commentary.

On August 19, that becomes a reality, as lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury handles color commentary duties on the live international broadcast of Lee Baxter Promotions' world-class card in Toronto, featuring the welterweight battle between Samuel Vargas and Ali Funeka.

Since winning the lineal heavyweight crown in a dominant victory over Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, Fury's media appearances have been scarce. But his love of the Sweet Science has never waned, and the opportunity to call a stacked card in The Great White North was enough to draw him in.


“Toronto is one of my favorite cities in the world. One of my early fights as a pro was in Canada, and I fell in love with the country and the people. I can't wait to return and to interact with all of my fans once again,” said Fury.

It's a full-circle moment, as Fury's first appearance as a color commentator was also in Canada, when he called his cousin Hughie Fury's professional debut in Montreal. His broadcast partner that night will be the same man he shares duties with on this night, SHOWTIME host and veteran broadcaster Corey Erdman.

“Whenever Tyson decides to walk away from in-ring competition, he'll have a long career as a broadcaster,” said Adam Harris, head of Athlete Development and Management, which works in conjunction with Fury. “He'll be working with one of the best in the business in Corey, and as we know, when Tyson talks, people listen. This is one telecast you definitely don't want to miss.”

Having a fighter as accomplished as Fury ringside should serve as inspiration for a card full of athletes trying to one day win a world championship. Fury has dominated at every level, winning the world amateur championship in 2008, the British, English, Irish and Commonwealth titles as a professional, before winning the big crown in 2015, along with Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year honors to go along with it.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mapleleaf27 on 08-09-2017

[QUOTE=Lemonhead_Jeff;17934697]My assessment of Vargas was brutally pessimistic, but I DO respect him and wish him the best. My disdain for Fury sometimes brings out the worst. Fury seems to enjoy Toronto/Ontario, I remember him being at a Casino Rama card…

Comment by Lemonhead_Jeff on 08-09-2017

[QUOTE=mapleleaf27;17933795]I don't know it's a funny market, been to Hershey many times and seen crowds over 4 000 to see locals taking on unknown latinos...meanwhile I read about shows in the US with world rated fighters that are being televised…

Comment by mapleleaf27 on 08-09-2017

[QUOTE=Lemonhead_Jeff;17932777]There is no better promotion in Ontario, and that's the worst part! Unfortunately, We don't have the boxing culture here and there is almost zero public interest. I respect Vargas, but he IS fairly insignificant. He can put some wins…

Comment by NahMean on 08-09-2017

What people don't know is Fury is a historian and he knows his boxing very well. The problem is he has no filter.. God knows what he will say.. Most likely some profanity where he'll end up upsetting a group…

Comment by Lemonhead_Jeff on 08-09-2017

[QUOTE=mapleleaf27;17932148]Is there another promotion in Ontario that is putting in the effort of LBP? I think Lee is on the right path, looking to bring some competitive fights here. Why knock the efforts...Sammy is no ducker [taking on DSG and…

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