Espinoza: Wilder-Fury “Very Close” To Being Done
Showtime Sports president Stephen Espinoza gives an update on the negotiations between WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
Espinoza spoke to ESPN and said negotiations have progressed significantly and are very close to a deal. Espinoza said if the fight does indeed happen, it will then be broadcast in the United States as a Showtime-pay-per-view, the first one the network has done since the historic Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight from 12 months ago.
“Whether it’s 95 percent or 99 percent, it is very, very close. I think we’ll have paperwork imminently and the plan is for a Showtime pay-per-view — pair it with a really interesting fight. We don’t know what it is yet, but something that will definitely communicate that the fans are getting their money’s worth,” Espinoza said.
The fight came together after talks of a potential superfight between Wilder and unified champion Anthony Joshua fell apart after the two sides initially agreed to a deal.
Before the dream heavyweight fight between Wilder and Fury can happen, Fury has to take care of business in the ring on his end. After fighting for the first time in two-and-a-half years against Sefer Seferi a couple of months ago, Fury will have his second fight since upsetting former champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 later this month. Fury will face former title challenger Francesco Pianeta on August 18 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. That card in Belfast will also feature interim WBO featherweight champion Carl Frampton in action, taking on Luke Jackson.
Original Report: ESPN