Hall of Fame promoter Frank Warren and bitter London rival promoter Eddie Hearn and indeed his father and fellow Hall of Famer like Warren, Barry Hearn — are all at one another’s throats as the new year begins in boxing and the heavyweight landscape comes to life once again.
Warren promotes lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and has the two Hearns promote IBF, WBA and WBO champion Anthony Joshua.
Deontay Wilder who drew with Fury last month in LA currently still holds the WBC belt.
It is now looking more and more like Wilder and Fury will rematch and as time goes on, more and more things are not looking as rosy as they once did for Anthony Joshua.
Wilder and Fury’s star power have both grown gigantically since their fight last month that captivated the world sporting public’s imagination and are hot on the heels of Joshua in this regard (brand-wise).
Looking at the big picture, after a possible rematch later this year between Wilder and Fury it is not unreasonable to assume that the winner of the fight could then become the biggest star in boxing today.
The debate of what is the lineal heavyweight champion continues to rumble on as promoter of Joshua, Eddie Hearn continues to make fun of what is considered by boxing fans and the respected Ring Magazine as one of the most prestigious titles a fighter can have in the sport.
Speaking on IFL TV promoter of Fury, Frank Warren answered Eddie Hearn with the following:
“The lineal champion is the guy who beat the guy. The lineal champion is Tyson Fury who went to Germany 18 months before he fought Anthony Joshua and took him (Klitschko) to school and won the fight in style.”
The landscape has certainly changed a lot since the Wilder vs Fury fight last month.
With BT and Sky Sports in the UK recently signing a massive near billion dollar (reportedly) content sharing deal to promote their services and sports content to one another’s subscribers — don’t rule out a possibility of a Fury vs Joshua fight later in the year.
The problem might come with the US network side of things but surely networks could work together to make such a big fight like they did in the past for the likes of Mayweather vs Pacquiao and Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson.
All in all, lets get ready to rumble in heavyweight boxing terms.