Tyson Fury has revealed that his sought-after rematch with Deontay Wilder is likely to take place next spring, and he's also given some important advice to Anthony Joshua in the process.
The rival heavyweights fought to a thrilling and controversial draw when contesting Wilder’s WBC title in Los Angeles in December, and then surprised and disappointed the boxing faithful when an immediate rematch was not announced.
Wilder, instead, on Saturday made his latest title defence by stopping Dominic Breazeale, whilst Fury is preparing to next month fight the little-known Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas having recently signed a long-term deal with ESPN.
Due to Wilder and Fury both having their hands tied, it's meant that a potential rematch could be scrapped until 2020 at the earliest.
“Deontay Wilder cannot run from Tyson Fury forever,” the 30-year-old Fury told ESPN. “The fight has to happen.
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“This rematch has got to happen, but it won’t be in May, June, July or August.
“This fight, I’m being told, is likely to happen in March or April next year.
“We were very close to a rematch. We had contracts, they had contracts, we were trying to agree terms.
“All of a sudden I had a massive deal from ESPN and they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. That would’ve been in May I believe.
“Deontay Wilder apparently signed a three-fight deal (with Showtime) before I signed an ESPN deal.
“So this was all done even before I put pen to paper.”
Once finished discussing Wilder and the possibility of a rematch, Fury turned his attentions to his countryman, and the Gypsy King gave Joshua some advice about how to garner the respect from other heavyweight boxers.
“What I suggest Anthony Joshua does is get his nuts out of Eddie Hearn’s handbag.
“And use them to gain respect in the heavyweight division.”