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Arum makes ‘tremendous’ offer to Deontay Wilder for Tyson Fury rematch

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A heavyweight rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury was expected, but Fury’s unexpected signing with Top Rank has muddied the waters.

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In an interview with ESPN, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum briefly talks about his recent signing of Tyson Fury, including an offer to stage the anticipated rematch between the two heavies.

Of course talks had already been ongoing between Wilder and Fury for the rematch, with all reports suggesting that it was close to being finalized, but that was before Fury shocked most folks by signing a co-promotional deal with Top Rank.

Now Bob Arum isn’t exactly on the best of terms with Al Haymon, whom Wilder is aligned with, so this signing could prove to be a major setback in negotiations for that rematch. Then again, maybe it won’t be. But for a rematch that was thought to be all but a done-deal, a formal announcement on the rematch still hasn’t been made.

For now, here’s what Arum had to say on his offer to Wilder:

“Deontay Wilder himself said that as far as networks are concerned he’s a free agent. Today we are sending out an offer to Deontay Wilder, which will also go to his manager Shelly Finkel and his advisor Al Haymon making this offer, which is a tremendous one, to do the fight between Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.

“The public deserves to see the best fights and if promoters can’t work together to present the best fights — shame on the promoters.”