The Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury rematch is only a week away now and all reports I’ve been hearing from Tyson’s camp are absolutely excellent.
Most importantly, when I speak to the man himself he sounds as though he’s in a really good place mentally. He can’t wait for the fight, he’s ready to go. He sounds so confident, it’s untrue.
Wilder vs Fury II is one of those fights – everyone’s got an opinion about it, everyone’s divided about it, that’s why it’s such a great match-up.
Tyson’s the type of fighter who’s so versatile he can do anything. Orthodox. Southpaw. Fast feet. Fast hands. He’s got great reflexes for such a big man.
All of those things he’s got against a guy in Wilder who is such a dangerous puncher. He can be 12 rounds behind in the fight and knock someone out in the last ten seconds and win. But that’s all he can do.
He can’t outbox Tyson. He’s certainly not as fast as Tyson. Tyson was outboxing him first time around and even when Tyson went down, he took his biggest shots and got up. By the end, Wilder was in trouble himself.
I think Tyson, if he does what he should do, is capable of stopping him next Saturday.
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This rematch sits right up there with the best heavyweight fights in history. In any era, Tyson Fury would be up there with the best and Wilder is a top puncher in any era. So this is up there with all of them.
The difference between this one and certain other notable fights is that it’s like going back to the Muhammad Ali/Joe Frazier/George Foreman clashes – because both men are at the top of their game.
It’s not the old guy fighting the young guy, it’s not like Mike Tyson vs Larry Holmes, Muhammad Ali vs Trevor Berbick. It’s not one of them. They’re both undefeated and in their primes.
I think George Foreman vs Muhammad Ali is a fitting comparison. Ali was a switch-hitter, mover, all like Tyson. Foreman was a massive, concussive puncher, blasting all his opponents out. But a good boxer will always beat a big puncher, because a good boxer’s got more than just a plan A.
SEEK AND DESTROY
In other news, we announced Daniel Dubois vs Joe Joyce last Friday for April 11 at the O2 Arena. The reaction has been absolutely amazing. We’ve sold over 9,500 tickets already and that’s not secondary market, they’re genuine sales. I think it’ll be a sell-out. They’re both undefeated, big punchers, it doesn’t get any better than that.
Daniel has signed a new five-year contract extension with us, which goes on top of our existing deal. It shows you how pleased he is with the way things have been going and obviously how pleased we are.
I believe Daniel will win in April, but irrespective I’m looking forward to working with him because he’s a super talent.
CHANGE OF DIRECTION
It has also now been confirmed that we have parted ways with IBF featherweight champion Josh Warrington. His contract came to an end last December. We were talking to try and make a unification with Shakur Stevenson, but he’s taken another bout and now the Kid Galahad rematch has been ordered by the IBF.
I don’t want to do the Galahad fight again. I’ve got no interest. It’s not down to Josh, but down to Galahad. It was a horrible fight to watch and I don’t want to see it again. He’s now signed with Eddie Hearn who’s also got Galahad, so maybe they can work something out.
Everything we said we’d do for Josh, we did. He achieved all his dreams with us and I wish him all the best for the future.
IN THE WORKS
In the meantime, we’re pushing on and talks are progressing well to work alongside Bob Arum and Top Rank to stage two major UK fights in May/June.
First, Carl Frampton will challenge Jamel Herring for the WBO super-featherweight world title in Belfast. This is Carl’s opportunity to make history by becoming a three-division champion in front of his home fans in Northern Ireland.
Also, we’re working with Top Rank and MTK to bring Josh Taylor’s next fight – a mandatory defence of his WBA and IBF super-lightweight titles against Apinun Khongsong – home to Scotland.
You can expect official announcements on both fights with specific date and venue information to follow after Wilder v Fury.