WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury wants to be boxing’s biggest bread winner.
After hinting that he might retire after two more fights, Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) has now changed his tune and is instead looking forward to negotiating a new record-breaking deal.
“I’m coming to the end of my contract with Top Rank,” Fury said during an Instagram Live session. “I have two more fights left with those guys. I want to renew it. I don’t want to just walk away after two more fights. I’m 31-years-old. Like [boxing manager and advisor] Billy Keane said, the man who helped with this deal with ESPN and Top Rank, ‘you better get out the dumpster truck and reverse it back into Tyson Fury’s bank account, because that’s what he’s going to need.’
"I want to get that big, major fight deal. I want to break all of the records, for a British fighter to go overseas and get the biggest signing record in history. I know that with MTK Global, Top Rank and Frank Warren, and all of the guys who help in between, I know we can make that happen. I know that we can break history with the biggest fight contract in the history of boxing — bigger than Floyd Mayweather, bigger than Canelo Alvarez, bigger than Mike Tyson, bigger than everybody. I think it’s very possible, and I always aim high with my achievements. That’s my next aim. After I wipe out the two dossers in [Deontay] Wilder and [Anthony] Joshua, then the world is my oyster. I want to see that big contract come from ESPN, or whoever is out there, battling to get The Gypsy King on their station.”
Fury signed a five-fight pact with Top Rank in February 2019 and has since gone 3-0 during the deal, beating Tom Schwarz in June, Otto Wallin in September and Wilder in February.
Next on the docket for Fury is a rematch with Wilder, and perhaps a heavyweight unification fight with Joshua should the pair of British boxers both remain victorious.
If Fury were to fight out of the gauntlet and remain undefeated as the undisputed champion, a free agent frenzy will ensue and cost the highest bidder a pretty penny.
The financial benchmark for Fury will be to surpass Alvarez’s $365 million deal with DAZN.
Manouk Akopyan is a sports journalist and member of the Boxing Writers Assn. of America since 2011. He has written for the likes of the LA Times, Guardian, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Men’s Health and NFL.com. He can be reached on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube at @ManoukAkopyan or via email at manouk[dot]akopyan[at]gmail.com.