Frank Warren: I Know Joshua, Hearn Don't Want The Fury Fight

By Frank Warren, courtesy of The Daily Star

WHAT a year 2018 has been for British boxing.

World champions, dramatic fights and new heroes emerged in a fascinating 12 months.

The two standout stars of the year for me have to be Tyson Fury and Josh Warrington – for different reasons.


Fury’s comeback from contemplating suicide to taking on WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is not only one of the great boxing tales of the year but also an unbelievable sporting story.

This is a man who was 27st amid mental health problems and who never looked like he could get in the ring again.

But I believed in him and Fury rediscovered his belief in himself.

He shed the weight, he beat his demons and anybody with an ounce of boxing knowledge knows he should be WBC heavyweight champion now.

The way in which he rose from the canvas in the 12th round in Los Angeles almost told the story of his year.

Down and seemingly out against Wilder, he somehow picked himself up to get back to doing what he does best – outboxing the very best.

Now in 2019 he should get the chance to win the belt that should be his before a showdown with WBA, IBF, IBO and WBO champion Anthony Joshua.

Joshua’s promoter [Eddie Hearn] can say what he likes about talking to Fury but he is under contract with me and I know they don’t want the fight.

But the British boxing public will hopefully put the pressure on soon to make sure it happens.

Back down at featherweight, Leeds man Warrington capped the year off with one of the best world title fights I’ve seen in a British ring as he outpointed Carl

That followed his stunning win over Lee Selby to become IBF champion in May at Elland Road.

Warrington has emerged as one of the best featherweights in the world this year and he will reach even bigger heights in 2019.

British boxing will continue to boom over the next 12 months and we will continue to deliver the biggest and best fights.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by P4Pdunny on 01-03-2019

AJ would do better against Fury than Wilder simply because he's less predictable. He'd go to the body, reel off combos and actually box. Wilder abandoned the plan and went looking for the shot the whole fight. I hope he's…

Comment by Nomar on 12-30-2018

AJ is too stiff to connect cleanly vs Fury. Plus, he will be punching up against a man with quick feet. Hearn ain't dumb...

Comment by Sickmerch1990 on 12-30-2018

Fury looked good like but he was only facing a puncher with no ring IQ and did his job well and was robbed by corrupt america to go on a long list of underdogs to be cheated by the Donald…

Comment by SuperHanz on 12-29-2018

It's pretty obvious that Joshua wants nothing to do with Fury. He knows he'll get dominated both inside and outside the ring. He prefers to pick easier targets like Whyte and Wilder. Quack Quack

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 12-29-2018

Joshua, Fury and Wilder all have to fight each other to find out who is N. 1.

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