It’s no secret that Tyson Fury wants to join the WWE at some stage, with the Englishman saying on a few occasions that he would like to try his hand at wrestling. On paper, it looks like a match made in heaven as the self-proclaimed Gypsy King is a promoter’s dream given how entertaining and articulate he is. When you then add on to the fact that he is currently undefeated in his professional boxing career and the man that the world considers the best heavyweight boxer at the moment, it then feels like Fury could saunter into the WWE and name his price.
Up until Fury signed a bumper broadcast deal with ESPN, the road to the WWE looked less clear, with the 30-year-old not yet commanding a captive audience in America. Signing up to fight in the USA was a good first step but fans would still have to take to the lineal heavyweight champion of the world, but then that seemed the easy part as Fury is pure box office and specializes in giving his audience what they want.
A stirring performance against Deontay Wilder at the Staples Center in Los Angeles would have won over many, with the 19 stone Fury getting up off the canvas in the 12th after it looked like the Bronze Bomber had finally landed the knockout haymaker. That type of heart and courage would have brought a lump to the throat of all those watching that night given how far Fury had come after spending three years out the ring.
Despite the result being a draw, the majority of viewers thought Fury had done enough to win but the good news is that there will be a rematch next year with Fury at 8/11 in boxing betting to win and finally put this rivalry to bed. Should he do so, the 30-year-old will become the most valuable asset in the world of boxing and the path to the WWE will look fairly straightforward from there.
Having said that, losing could also speed up his WWE debut given how successful his fight was against Tom Schwarz in Las Vegas. The heavyweight bout was over within two rounds as Fury took the German to school but the real entertainment was the Apollo-Creed ring walk which proved to be a massive hit with the locals.
On the face of it, it’s not hard to see why Fury decided to sign with ESPN given how much exposure he’s getting in America although, at the time of the announcement, it left many of his countrymen confused. His transition has been smooth and promoters Frank Warren and Bob Arum are working the room to perfection as they drum up a huge amount of support for Fury.
At some stage, this has to mean that Fury will eventually step into a WWE ring and when he does, he will be familiar to millions. It will be a win-win situation for both the boxer and the world of wrestling once the Gypsy King does eventually decide to challenge for a new throne.