Frank Warren has boasted of renewed optimism Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury will get their rematch in 2019.
The ‘Gypsy King’s’ promoter believes the chances of the fight happening have been given a significant boost by yesterday’s news as the WBC king confirmed his American broadcaster.
Streaming service DAZN – who also show Anthony Joshua’s fights in America – were pursuing Wilder in the hope of luring him into a long-term agreement leading to an AJ bout this year.
However, he decided to stay put with Showtime, retaining his free agent status and independence.
Warren told talkSPORT: “What he’s done, he’s turned down the offer to go and fight on DAZN in the States… and stayed with his broadcaster Showtime.
“That’s good news for us, from Tyson Fury’s point of view, because I think that fight will get made now, I think it’ll get made this year.”
The second fight had initially been ordered by the WBC and was on course to take place in May, but Tyson Fury opted out after signing a co-promotional deal linking him to rival US broadcaster ESPN.
Fury will now have an interim bout, likely in June, before then trying to renegotiate with Wilder.
“I know all the guys wanna make it happen,” Warren continued, “It was just the fact that this massive deal came out from left field with ESPN for Tyson and that gives him a great platform and gives us more strength in the negotiations to make the fights.
“It may take more time than we expected, but I genuinely think now that we are in a position where we can make that fight happen.