With Deontay Wilder now teasing a jump to DAZN, Top Rank’s Bob Arum feels that a rematch between the WBC world heavyweight champion and Tyson Fury is still in the cards.
Speaking with FightHub, Arum confirmed that Fury would be fighting against a top contender (possibly Dillian Whyte) in May or June, but that a Wilder fight is still possible for later this year.
“Well, sure. Wilder apparently is going to do an interim fight as well on the 18th,” Arum said. “I think, and then hopefully we can match them up because we tried to sign Wilder — give him a tune-up fight then have him fight Tyson Fury — but they decided to do the tune-up fight themselves, which is their prerogative. But we’re still obviously open and we’ll sit down with him to do a match between Fury and Wilder sometime the end of this year.”
“It is a pay-per-view event. A pay-per-view event you can have more than one entity distribute that event. You know, those are problems that in two of three days you can work out. Those aren’t major problems. There’s an issue of who does the pick-up, whose announcers you use, but you can solve those problems relatively easily. This is not rocket science.
With Wilder’s network status in limbo, Arum eels a pay-per-view fight could be on the table. “We don’t know if Showtime will be involved. Until we sit down and see what’s what, we don’t know. What is everybody bringing to the table? I mean it’s wonderful to have ESPN and Showtime, or ESPN and FOX doing the distribution, but hey, who’s putting up the money for the damn thing?!” the Top Rank founder said.
“If Showtime is backing their guy and we’re backing our guy and that’s how the money — we’ll then sure they’re entitled to do the distribution. But is ESPN is putting up the money for the whole show, why would you need somebody else to be a distributor?”