The swirl inside the upper-most echelon of the heavyweight division has been a bit more choppy than usual, arguably; and surprisingly, because maybe you’d think that Tyson Fury beating Deontay Wilder so conclusively on Feb. 22 would help to settle potential drama surrounding what would come next for Fury, Anthony Joshua, and Wilder.
A release went out today, from Frank Warren, Bob Arum and the advisory group MTK. The meaning was clear: contracts must be abided by.
Specifically, the lawyer-layered text which demands that Tyson Fury fights Deontay Wilder again, next, and talk of firming up an Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury clash should cease.
The release, featured below, might just as well have said, “Dear Eddie Hearn,” being that it has been Hearn making comments that could, in theory, derail pre-set plans for Fury-Wilder 3.
Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn tried to spike the punch when asked about that event. Speaking to William Hill, Hearn said that the money pot for the third Fury-Wilder collision might not be large enough to satisfy the wants of the fighters.
Did Eddie say, “Hey, maybe Fury should try and wriggle free from the deal, and wait and see what AJ does with Kubrat Pulev, then take a fight against Joshua, in the biggest bout the UK has ever known?”
He did not. But was that the subliminal message? Rhetorical question.
Here is the “back off, Eddie” statement:
A JOINT STATEMENT FROM QUEENSBERRY PROMOTIONS, TOP RANK AND MTK GLOBAL REGARDING TYSON FURY
(March 16, 2020) — Due to the publication of a number of misleading and misrepresentative statements and articles made by third parties relating to Tyson Fury, the following statement is made jointly by MTK Global, Top Rank and Queensberry Promotions.
Tyson Fury is the globally recognized No. 1 Heavyweight in the world and the current Lineal, WBC and Ring Magazine champion. Tyson is contracted to a third fight with former WBC world champion Deontay Wilder.
Any statement made regarding negotiations, talks, venues or any other bout should be disregarded.
Top Rank, MTK Global and Queensberry Promotions have and will continue to work in close conjunction with each other to deliver Tyson Fury the best opportunities to enhance his career and earnings. This will require each party, as well as Tyson Fury himself, to continue to work together as a team to explore and negotiate any and all future possibilities.
The collaboration has thus far seen Tyson Fury enter into one of the most lucrative contracts in boxing history, become a global phenomenon and reclaim his rightful position atop the heavyweight division.
Any updates regarding future fights will only be made through official channels, and we will continue to deliver boxing fans the biggest and best fights involving “The Gypsy King.”
Many options have presented themselves in the Middle East for such bouts. Any meetings regarding this subject will be held in Dubai with all of the necessary parties.