The news that Tyson Fury has joined forces with ESPN today has sent shock waves around the world in the sport of boxing.

A huge move. No doubt about it.

Stealth-fully kept quite and executed to shock the world too.

ESPN’s Steve Kim reported that WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder’s manager Shelly Finkel was taken off guard by the news:

He also noted that Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said:

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum has said moments ago on his verified Twitter account directly:

It hasn’t gone down well at all with boxing fans to be fair:

Today’s surprise news for Fury has brought people out of the woodwork from all corners of the boxing globe upon first inspection.

Possibly some of the most engagement ever seen online in boxing in recent years.

Some people are really going nuts. The boxing war outside the ring among the networks and promoters is only just beginning. Brilliant.

Ultimately, the increased competition will only benefit the sport itself in the long.

What a time for the sport of boxing.

Lets just hope the people guiding the careers of these top heavyweight fighters can work together to make the big fights that fight fans crave.

It’s not like years ago where they could get away with not doing so, now, boxing fans will shred them to pieces of they don’t make the fights fans genuinely want to see.

When they want to see them.