Team Fury reveal new plans for 'less expensive' fight next instead of Wilder
Bob Arum has revealed plans to bring Tyson Fury back to the US to fight a ‘less expensive’ opponent than Deontay Wilder if travel restrictions in the UK are lifted.
Fury’s trilogy showdown with Wilder this summer was abandoned due to the coronavirus pandemic and there has been endless speculation about if the fight will go ahead as planned.
Anthony Joshua wants to take on WBC and lineal champion Fury, but Arum has repeatedly insisted the Gypsy King is contractually obliged to fight Wilder again.
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Speaking to World Boxing News, however, Fury’s co-promoter Arum suggested he might take a tune-up fight next rather than face Wilder in America.
‘It depends on a lot of things,’ Arum said about Fury’s next fight.
‘One this is for sure, Fury belongs in the United States. He’s built up a tremendous, tremendous audience here.
‘If the travel ban is lifted, or is not as stringent, I would bring Fury over here to fight in a less expensive fight than a Wilder fight.
‘Maybe we could even do the Wilder fight. But somehow we would have to get it financed.’
While Top Rank boss Arum might be eager to fly Fury back to America, the heavyweight is on lockdown with the rest of the UK.
There may continue to be travel restrictions even when lockdown is lifted and Arum admitted it was a waiting game.
He told ESPN: ‘That’s a wait-and-see that fight, I have to be honest.
‘First of all, the immediate problem is Fury is in England. There’s a travel ban. How do we get Fury over here to get ready for the fight, assuming we’re going to do the fight in the United States?
‘You can say maybe you do it in the UK, well there’s a travel ban in the UK, how do you get Wilder into the UK to do that fight? So that’s a problem.
‘Second, you have to do that fight with a live gate. The live gate for the last fight, the second fight, the February fight, took in $17million.
‘That was a significant portion of the revenue that paid the fighters and so forth. How do you replace that? And the answer is you can’t.
‘And then thirdly, we charge $80 for a pay-per-view for a person buying at home.
‘Two problems with that. Can people, after going through all this economic hardship, can they afford to pay $80 to watch a fight no matter how attractive the fight is?
‘And secondly, a lot of people – we know this from our surveys – who bought the pay-per-view, buy it and have like ten other couples come over and watch the fight in their house, everybody contributes money.
‘How willing are people going to be to open up their homes to big groups of people?
‘All of these are much harder issues to solve than just doing fights in a closed environment, which we will hopefully start to do some time in June.’
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