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Frank Warren: Fury is Now a Bigger Attraction Than Joshua

Undefeated British heavyweight Tyson Fury is now bigger box-office than his compatriot world champion Anthony Joshua, according to promoter Frank Warren.

Former champion Fury fought to a thrilling, but controversial, split decision draw with WBC belt holder Deontay Wilder at Staples Center in Los Angeles last month and a rematch looks likely.

"He's the people's champion," Warren said of the self-styled 'Gypsy King'. "I think he's now a bigger attraction than Anthony Joshua."

"Whoever he fights next, if Tyson Fury fights in this country, it is going to be a sell-out, wherever he fights," he told the BBC.

"At the moment I'm talking with Shelly Finkel, who looks after Wilder, and we are trying to get the rematch together."

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Fury's bout with Wilder was only his third since a two-and-a-half year absence from the sport following mental health issues and a failed drug test. Fury's stock initially exploded back in November of 2015, when he pulled off a shocking upset decision win over Wladimir Klitschko, who at the time had been undefeated for over a decade.

Joshua is the undefeated holder of the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight belts and a unification bout with Wilder would be a blockbuster draw.

His next fight is due at Wembley Stadium on April 13 against an as-yet unnamed opponent. The current frontrunner for the date is domestic rival Dillian Whyte.

"Tyson only wants big fights. There's only two big fights out there -- that's Wilder, and that's Joshua," said Warren. "Joshua doesn't even want to fight him because I think he knows he'll get beat."

Warren said a Fury v Joshua fight, possibly in Cardiff, would sell out 10 times over.

"It would grip the country -- one of those events that transcends the back pages. Everybody would be talking about it," said the promoter.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by 5000boxing on 01-10-2019

[QUOTE=aAgger;19410631]In the UK, his PPV fights cost £25 ($35). So 1.5m UK PPVs are equivalent to 750k US PPVs. Which is huge for a country with 1/5 the US population. AJ doesn't need America. He's a big star making lots…

Comment by gully7 on 01-06-2019

[QUOTE=Squ□redCircle34;19411465]You mean that title that belongs to Tyson Fury and got nabbed up by a paper champ in Joseph Parker who needed a home cooked decision to beat the tubby tubster Andy Ruiz!? That title? Oh you mean them mandatory…

Comment by BigZ44 on 01-05-2019

:lol1: I'd like to see how many people show up at Wembley to watch Fury fight Takam. Warren the most bitter man in boxing, I honestly feel sorry for him, he seems miserable all the time

Comment by Squ□redCircle34 on 01-05-2019

[QUOTE=Bonduu;19411658]You Pratt, you still slurping on the Fury’s Johnson right? Keep up slurping phaggot while the whole world moves on![/QUOTE] Oh the irony lmfao!!!

Comment by Bonduu on 01-05-2019

[QUOTE=Squ□redCircle34;19409358]Hold your tongue pal before it somehow travels to AJ’s trousers at the rate your going praising AJ for doing nothing since the Klitschko win! AJ is as stiff as a corpse and is slower than a walking dead zombie!…

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