Frank Warren has said that Deontay Wilder's decision to turn down a $100 million offer to fight Anthony Joshua on London-based DAZN means a rematch with Tyson Fury is on the cards.
DAZN, a live and on-demand streaming service who recently acquired the rights to show six Gennady Golovkin fights over the next three years, was formed back in August 2016 and has since streamed to countries such as Austria, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, Italy, Spain and Brazil alongside the USA.
Wilder currently fights on Showtime and has done since knocking out Audley Harrison at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield.
Wilder confirmed he will be staying with the American premium cable and satellite television network on Tuesday when he announced his latest defence of WBC title against Dominic Breazeale.
The fight will take place on May 18 at the Barclays Center in New York, two weeks before Joshua takes on Jarrell Miller at Maddison Square Garden.
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Unsurprisingly, many boxing fans have voiced their frustration at the direction Wilder has taken...
But Frank Warren has offered his backing to Wilder's decision and praised his loyalty to Showtime, even if it puts the brakes on a bout with AJ for a little while longer.
"When you talk about these offers a lot of them sound great but at the end of the day he’s a loyal fella, he’s stayed with his manager," Warren told IFL TV. "He’s staying with PBC, he’s staying with Showtime and you’ve got to respect him for that.
"He obviously feels that’s the decision he wants to go in. The fact he hasn’t done a deal with DAZN hopefully keeps the door open for a fight with Tyson.
"That’s a big fight and everybody still wants to see that rematch. I certainly do. And we’ll see what happens.
"In the meantime, he’s got his mandatory, he’s got to fight Breazeale. And no doubt he’ll be announcing his intentions."
Warren was also quizzed on the likelihood of the rematch taking place before 2019 is over.
"You’ve got to keep pushing away at it, keep chipping away at it, and I do believe it will happen. ‘Both of them want it to happen. Both fighters still want it to happen and I believe it will happen," he replied.