I really, really believe the rematch between Wilder and Fury will happen this year. Everybody involved wants it to happen and I know we can make it work. Tyson will be out late May or June and I’m hoping the second fight this year will then be against Wilder later in the year. I know the fans are asking questions about this co-promotional deal with Top Rank, but it’s Tyson who makes the decisions as he is the fighter and the deal gives him strength in the US market. The fact is in America there are just three broadcasters. Showtime, who have an exclusive with Wilder’s adviser Al Haymon. DAZN, which has just started up and has deals with Matchroom and Golden Boy. And then there is ESPN who have an exclusive with Bob Arum and that’s how the deal came about
We can’t be in the slipstream of anybody. Tyson needs that muscle when we do go to the States. It would be very difficult for us to get that fight with Wilder over here. It will happen in the States and when it happens, we don’t want to be on someone else’s promotion. I’m not saying that influenced the judges’ decision in the first fight, but I would have preferred if it was on our promotion. We haven’t heard a word from Chris Eubank Jr and his camp. We would love to do the fight with Billy Joe Saunders, as it’s a great fight for Bill. Interestingly, we have a press conference with Bill on Monday about his next fight. Why wouldn’t Eubank Jr want to reverse the decision from the first fight? If he doesn’t, it says a lot about him.
We signed to fight the rematch about 18 months ago, we agreed everything, and they never got back to us. That’s when we were dealing with his lunatic father. Senior is his father but Lionel Messi’s father doesn’t manage Barcelona. A lot of the things he says are just for effect. Having said that, neither he or Eubank Jr should get carried away with the win over James DeGale. James never got into the fight, he was a shadow of his former self. I don’t want to take anything away from Eubank Jr, but he didn’t look great either. It was a tough fight to watch. Bill would be a massive, massive favourite in a rematch, if we ever make it. I wish James the very best in his retirement. Daniel Dubois and Anthony Yarde are two of the future stars of boxing, as far as I’m concerned. We’ve got both the future and old fashioned bang-ups on Friday night at the Royal Albert Hall. On the undercard we have some quality fights, which I’m sure the fans will love.
I want to see Dubois and Yarde really turn it on with emphatic wins. They both ended the year on a bit of a low with fights falling through, so they’ve got to kickstart 2019 in style. I want Anthony in a world title fight and Daniel in with Nathan Gorman by the end of the year. It’s been 20 years since there was regular boxing at the Royal Albert. The last show was one I did tickets for, the US Marines against the British forces. We want to be regulars at the Royal Albert Hall and I think it could be a home for Daniel for his next few fights until he moves onto bigger arenas. There’s no better arena than the Royal Albert in central London, it’s a posh York Hall. Not a bad seat in the house.