Promoter Eddie Hearn has serious doubts that Tyson Fury will move forward with a contest against Jarrell Miller.
Hearn believes Fury’s co-promoter, Bob Arum of Top Rank, will keep the boxer away from any opponent who presents the slightest threat – in order to preserve a potential rematch with WBC world champion Deontay Wilder.
Wilder and Fury fought to a controversial twelve round split draw in December 2018.
Fury made his Las Vegas debut earlier this month, when he blew away overmatched opponent Tom Schwarz in two rounds at the MGM Grand.
It was also Fury’s big debut with ESPN and Top Rank.
There has been some talk of Fury facing Miller in the fall. Miller is currently suspended until September, because he tested positive for performance enhancing drugs in three separate tests.
Arum wants to make the Wilder-Fury rematch – but Wilder is already committed to fighting Luis Ortiz in a rematch in September. And Arum has stated that Fury won’t face Wilder until the early part of 2020.
“I doubt [Fury will face Miller],” Hearn told iFL TV.
“I know Arum will be trying very hard to make the Wilder fight next. They won’t want to pay [Fury] again for beating someone like Tom Schwarz.
“[It] didn’t do anything for ESPN. Didn’t do anything on the gate. They won’t want to spend that type of money again. So Bob will be trying to push hard for the Wilder fight to happen next. I think PBC will say: ‘No, we’ll do it after the Ortiz fights.’ We’ll see what happens.
“I don’t expect him to fight Jarrell Miller or anyone with a pulse if he’s going to fight Wilder early next year.”