Fury set to agree to £20million Wilder rematch

February 12, 2019

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are close to confirming rematch after their draw in 2018

Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder are close to confirming rematch after their draw in 2018

 

Tyson Fury, as he turns towards New York for his world heavyweight title rematch, can feel entitled to keep a purse projected to reach three times the £7million he gave to charity after his epic first encounter with Deontay Wilder.

The Gypsy King, having reconfirmed his extraordinary donation to Britain’s homeless, is in the final stage of negotiation for a second Wilder fight which is expected to take place in the Big Apple on May 18.

Fury referred to his charitable gesture at a speaking engagement in Cardiff at the weekend and few will begrudge him pocketing his next big pay-day to prevent what he described as ‘me probably ending up like all the old boxers… skint.’

Fury also revealed fears at the time that he might have been ‘brain damaged’ by the power of the blow which flattened him in the last round in Los Angeles in November, a brutal knockdown from which he miraculously regained consciousness – and his feet – to finish the fight.

US pay-per-view television revenue is expected to boost takings from Wilder-Fury II well above £50m.

Both teams have been fine tuning the deal to prevent their fight for Wilder’s title going to rescheduled purse bids at WBC headquarters in Mexico City on Wednesday morning.

Fury revealed fears at the time he may have been 'brain damaged' after being knocked down

Fury revealed fears at the time he may have been ‘brain damaged’ after being knocked down

 

Fury’s share, even if restricted to 40 per cent as the challenger, should exceed £20m.

Talks were delayed by discussion not only of the financial split but also the choice of venue.

Las Vegas was the first option but Fury’s insistence on three neutral judges – following the controversial draw in the first fight – is contrary to the preference of the State Athletic Commission there for Nevada officials.

Fury’s promoter Frank Warren is understood to be in New York finalising contracts with Wilder’s co-promoters Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon, with the fabled Madison Square Garden earmarked for May 18 and an announcement imminent.

EDITED FROM: dailymail.co.uk


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