Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum is mapping out the year for heavyweight Tyson Fury.
Back in December, Fury fought to a controversial twelve round split draw with WBC champion Deontay Wilder. Fury frustrated Wilder and survived two big knockdowns to shock most critics, who expected the 'Gypsy King' to get knocked out in the first half of the fight.
A deal for a rematch was really close, but Fury unexpectedly signed co-promotional contract with Top Rank - who have an exclusive content deal with ESPN.
Fury is scheduled to return to the ring on June 15th, when he makes his Las Vegas debut against Tom Schwarz at the MGM Grand.
If he's successful, Fury will come back to the ring in the fall.
According to Fury, his next fight will take place on September 28th.
Fury may also potentially fight on a date in December.
A rematch with Wilder is not going to happen until sometime in 2020.
At first, it was being discussed for next February.
But Arum now says the rematch is more likely for March or April.
While his next fight is going to take place on ESPN+, Arum says the boxer's upcoming fight may land on an even bigger platform," Arum told Talk Sport.
ESPN will decide whether his next fight is on ESPN+, ESPN or maybe on ABC, which is the over-the-air network owned by Disney. It’s a massive platform for the entire country, but part of what we’re trying to do is to build ESPN+ to be the biggest sports streaming service in the world, which it is…
“The question is, when do we schedule a Wilder fight? If it’s in March/April, then we probably wouldn’t do a December fight. If it was later than March or April, we would wanna do a December fight. He doesn’t wanna fight in February because he wants to celebrate Christmas with his family.”
Wilder has his own fight ahead of him this coming Saturday night, when he faces mandatory challenger Dominic Breazeale at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.