WBC Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury is looking to break all boxing revenue records after his upcoming bouts.
The 31-year-old is three fights into a five-fight contract, one of which saw him face off against Deontay Wilder for a second time. After a spell out of the ring, he came back to earn a lucrative shot at Wilder’s WBC belt, only to be held to a draw. Fury then had a short stint in the WWE before returning to face Wilder again, picking up a points decision and the second major belt of his heavyweight career.
The self-styled Gypsy King had originally unified the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, and The Ring heavyweight titles in a 2015 victory over Wladimir Klitschko, before stepping away from the sport. He is now intent on unifying the belts once again, with a fellow Brit firmly in his sights. With two bouts left of the current deal, Fury is eager to ensure his next payday is even bigger.
“I want to get that big, major fight deal,” he said on an Instagram video reported by Talk Sport. “I want to break all of the records, for a British fighter to go overseas and get the biggest signing record in history.
“I know that with MTK Global, Top Rank and Frank Warren, and all of the guys who help in between, I know we can make that happen. I know that we can break history with the biggest fight contract in the history of boxing — bigger than Floyd Mayweather, bigger than Canelo Alvarez, bigger than Mike Tyson, bigger than everybody.”
The next opponent for Fury is likely to be Wilder once again, with the bout originally scheduled for July, but now put on hold. If he wins that, he will step into the ring with the winner of the bout between Anthony Joshua and Bulgarian contender Kubrat Pulev. Joshua currently holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles, meaning a potential all-British fight between the two for all the belts. The best British boxing champions graphic by Bwin notes that Fury’s fight against Joshua will elevate the winner to legendary status within British boxing. It could be a bout that once again unifies all the available belts, but Wilder and Pulev have other ideas.
Once those two fights are out of the way, should Fury have been successful, he then intends to top the current record deal of Canelo Alvarez, which stands at $365 million deal with DZN. The Telegraph explains how the middleweight’s deal became the most expensive in boxing history, but Fury passionately believes that brushing aside Joshua and Wilder would put him in a higher bracket.
The likely opponent for the third fight, should the undefeated Wythenshawe-born fighter get passed his next two opponents, is Dillian Whyte. He is the mandatory WBC challenger but keeps having his shot at the title blocked by the other fights on Fury’s current calendar. Whyte, who has 27 wins from 28 fights, 18 by knockout, could be another big draw for Fury. He has put together a strong run of 11 victories since losing to Anthony Joshua in 2015 but keeps being put off by the WBC.
His next fight is against Alexander Povetkin, 35 wins from 38 fights, and a positive outcome there could leave him in line to be the man facing Fury when any record-breaking deal finally comes off. Whatever the outcome of the various fights, the heavyweight category has rarely been as packed full of talent and box-office names ready to draw huge crowds and viewers across the globe.