Fresh from Tyson Fury's blockbuster bout against Deontaty Wilder, promoter Frank Warren has made it clear that they are keen for a big British showdown between Fury and unified world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.
The WBC world heavyweight title in Las Angeles last weekend saw Wilder and Fury draw on a split-decision. In the aftermath of that fight, Wilder took to Instagram and said: "the fans are the real winner and I can't wait for Wilder Fury 2."
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Thanks to the city of #LosAngeles @staplescenterla @showtimeboxing and all the fans around the world that supported this David vs Goliath fight. It was an amazing fight and I wanted nothing but greatness to come from this. The fight lived up to the hype more than ever. When you put the best against the best, exciting things happens. I take nothing away from this fight but we won this fight. To beat the champion you must dominate the champ and to me I was the more aggressive fighter and landed the more affective punches. You saw the best #fury but you did not get the best #Wilder and I still managed to get the job done. This event brought more pressure than I expected, I just wanted the best for Boxing Here in America and Boxing in General In which lead me to get overly anxious to knock his head off so I abandoned the game plan. Did the count start 3-4 sec too late or Was the count too long is the question many Are asking and debating about. The ref #JackReiss is an amazing ref in which I’ve had the pleasure to work with on several occasions and he did a great job and at the end of the day #Boxing wins the #Fans are the real winner and I can’t wait for #WilderFury2 To end the controversial talk around the world once and for all!! Love, Love, love to all my fans! Blessings and see you guys again soon -Champ #BombZquad #AndStill @staplescenterla @showtimeboxing @premierboxing
However, Fury's promoter has urged his longterm rival, Eddie Hearn, to make a fight between the two top British heavyweights.
"If you did a poll now with the fans for Anthony Joshua’s next fight… what do you think would be top of the pops there? I’m quite sure [they want] to see the top Brit fighting the top Brit," he told the Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT.
And there’s all this negotiations now about who gets what percentage – it’s really simple this fight – it’s 50/50 down the middle. What? Tyson Fury doesn’t bring anything to the party? Do you not think if he fought Deontay Wilder over here, 80,000 people wouldn’t turn up to see the rematch? Course they would.
He [Joshua] needs to go and tell the people who are looking after his affairs and order them to do it because that’s what happened with Tyson and I. Tyson and I spoke about fighting Wilder and he said, ‘Go and do it, make it happen.’ That’s what I did.
Hearns and Warren have clashed in the past, with the two promoters recently squabbling over scheduling clashes. However, the allure of one of the biggest ever British fights may be enough to ensure they set their differences aside and make a deal.