Frank Warren EXCLUSIVE: Tyson Fury focused on Deontay Wilder rematch on February 22 despite WWE and UFC antics

12 Nov

Frank Warren insists Tyson Fury’s focus on boxing hasn’t wavered and he is fully committed to his rematch with Deontay Wilder.

Since coming through a bloody encounter with Otto Wallin in September, Fury has tried his hand at wrestling with the WWE, talked up the possibility of switching to UFC after training with Darren Till and recorded a Christmas single with Robbie Williams.

Oh, and he’s also got a book coming out!

Fury overcame Braun Strowman at WWE Crown Jewel last month on his professional wrestling debut
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His promoter, Warren, however has told talkSPORT the British heavyweight star’s ultimate ambition remains to topple Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion.

The pair are scheduled to meet for a second time on February 22 following their controversial draw at the end of 2018, although the American must first come through his fight against Luis Ortiz unscathed on November 23.

“He is one of those people that needs to have something going on,” said Warren, dismissing concerns over Fury’s focus.

“The wrestling for him kept him in the gym, it kept him working. He has his book going on. He has got a Christmas single coming out with Robbie Williams. He is not sat around – that is the type of guy he is.

“He is a consummate entertainer, but he knows what he wants at the end of the day and that is the rematch with Deontay Wilder.

“It is a big, big fight, it is a big money fight, and we hope now that Deontay doesn’t screw up and ruin the day.

“It is all now down to Deontay Wilder. He is fighting Luis Ortiz. He wins that fight, hopefully comes through unscathed, then the fight is on.

“Tyson has done everything he has had to do and he is ready to roll on the 22nd.”

Wilder and Fury fought to a thrilling draw in their first encounter in Los Angeles last year
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Tyson Fury will be live on talkSPORT this Thursday on the Sports Breakfast (6am-10am) alongside Alan Brazil


Tyson Fury isn’t the only Fury who Warren is helping to guide at the moment.

His younger brother, Tommy, is also part of the veteran promoter’s stable and will fight on December 21 having taken a sabbatical from boxing to appear on reality TV show Love Island earlier this year.

“He has had a couple of fights but being on Love Island and all the exposure he got, that helps the promotion,” said Warren.

“He wants to emulate Tyson and I am here to make that happen.”

Tommy Fury, 20, is 11 years Tyson’s junior and a light heavyweight
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The younger Fury won’t be the main attraction on Warren’s December card at the Copper Box Arena in London, though – that will be his great heavyweight hopeful Daniel Dubois.

Dubois, 22, will fight Kyotaro Fujimoto for the WBC Silver belt as he aims to continue his rise up the heavyweight ranks and extend his professional record to 14-0.

“He has done brilliantly,” said Warren. “He is focused on what he wants. He knows what he wants and that is to become heavyweight champion of the world and unify the belts.

“Over the next year, the next three to four fights, he has to get himself into a position to be in the number one spot to become mandatory challenger to take on whoever is round once all the dust settles on all these big fights taking place.

“He has to keep winning. If he keeps going up the rankings, he gets to a number one position which makes him a mandatory challenger and the champion will have no option but to fight him.

“That is our mission – to get him into the number one spot.”

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