Frank Warren says he would prefer to see Tyson Fury take on Anthony Joshua in a unification bout rather than have a trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder – even cheekily suggesting that AJ should only get a 30% split.
Fury claimed the WBC heavyweight title in emphatic fashion in Las Vegas on Saturday night, totally dominating Wilder in a brutal display as the American twice hit the canvas before his corner threw in the towel in the seventh round.
Wilder has 30 days to activate a rematch clause for a trilogy fight, though Warren and camp Fury would prefer to take on Joshua, who holds the rest of the belts in the division.
Speaking to Boxing Social straight after the fight, Warren said: ‘Everything is in the hands of Deontay Wilder’s team for the next 30 days. I’d like to see a unification.’
Warren had previously suggested Joshua would only get 40%, but he was even cheekier after watching Fury’s brilliant display.
Asked if it would be a 50/50 split, he said smiling: ‘I don’t know now. He’s in the slipstream isn’t he? Maybe make it 70/30 generously on second thoughts [smiling].’
Warren was also asked about the clamour for Fury to fight Joshua, telling iFL TV: ‘Not a problem. That’s where we are, we’re top of the world with heavyweights aren’t we. It’s brilliant. But we all know who the number one is.
‘Of course we want to see it. Listen, he don’t duck anyone. He went to Germany and beat the guy with the second longest reign of any heavyweight champion. He’s been here [USA] twice. Who does he duck? Come on.’
On whether Wilder will take the rematch, Warren added: ‘You would expect him to exercise the option, whether he goes through with it I don’t know.
‘But that’s what I’d do, to at least keep his position, that’s the sensible thing to do. But it’s his choice. But it ain’t gonna be no different next time around if there even is a next time around.
‘He’s just got his number. He had his number in the first fight – he won the first fight! I keep saying, we made that first fight believing that he’d win it. So this time he emphatically won it, and did it in style.’
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