As previously reported on BoxingScene.com, British heavyweight Tyson Fury has signed a broadcast deal under which his fights will be shown exclusively on ESPN platforms in the United States.
No financial details were disclosed, but British newspaper the Daily Mail reported on Monday that the deal was worth 80 million pounds ($103 million), while the BBC reported that it covered Fury’s next five fights.
Fury and promoter Frank Warren signed the deal with Bob Arum’s Top Rank, which has a multi-year contract with ESPN, and the agreement calls for Fury to fight a minimum of two bouts per year in the United States.
British broadcaster BT Sport will continue to hold the rights for Fury’s fights in the UK.
The deal with ESPN could have an impact on the 30-year-old’s rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
The American has been in negotiations with Fury’s camp over a rematch of their Dec. 1 draw at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, but Wilder has a long-term relationship with rival U.S. television network Showtime.
In recent weeks, a deal appeared to be close with an ordered purse bid pushed back several times by the WBC.
Their bout in December was aired on Showtime in the United States, and the two fighters’ relationships with the rival networks could complicate negotiations over the rematch.
Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel, told ESPN that he still hopes a deal can be reached for the rematch.
“We are hoping to make the fight and figure out how with this new relationship they have with ESPN that it can be done. I would want to try to make it with Showtime and ESPN (working together). Al Haymon wants to make the fight and that whatever is realistic will get done,” Finkel said.