Tyson Fury is now looking to face Oleksandr Usyk after witnessing him defeat Anthony Joshua
Tyson Fury has continued to let his team know that he is now seemingly interested in fighting Oleksandr Usyk in a heavyweight unification bout after the Ukrainian defeated Anthony Joshua on Saturday evening.
Usyk remains atop of the boxing pound-for-pound rankings after the victory over the Brit, and although Fury has numerously stated that he would retire, it seems he’ll now return to face the heavyweight champion.
Usyk was awarded Fury’s Ring Magazine title after the win this past weekend, which Fury was forced to vacate after speaking on retirement. But talks are already underway for the two to face one another, in what would be one of the more highly anticipated heavyweight bouts since in recent history.
Odds have already been released showing a clear favourite in the fight, with a date and venue already being earmarked – which could see the bout happening as early as this year.
Here is all you need to know on what has been said on the potential fight so far:
Date and venue
It has been revealed that talks are already underway to see the Gypsy King return to action after Usyk defeated Joshua on Saturday night, winning in convincing fashion to reclaim the WBA, IBF and WBO whilst also taking the vacant Ring Magazine title, given up by Fury.
It comes after Fury has once again reversed his decision to call time on his boxing career to challenge Usyk. The Daily Mail has reported that a fight date has been ‘pencilled in’ for December 17 in Saudi Arabia – the night before the World Cup final in Qatar.
Prince Mohammad Abdulaziz, the Saudi minister for sport, confirmed: “We are very interested in the fight for the undisputed heavyweight title. We are looking to do that in the city of Riyadh.”
Fury’s promoter Frank Warren has confirmed it is extremely unlikely the fight will be held in the UK. “At the end of the day, it’s where the most money can be generated,” he said.
“There would [be huge demand to have it in the UK], but where would you put it on? We wouldn’t be able to put it on until next year.
“It’s no good going to the Millennium Stadium, it doesn’t hold the same amount of people as Wembley does and can’t generate the same money.
“If it were to go on in the UK it needs to be Wembley and it can’t go on until the end of April or May next year.
“We want to get it on before then. While everybody is hot to trot and there are no mandatories force on in the meantime.”
What has been said
Speaking after his victory over Joshua, Usyk confirmed he’ll look to fight Fury, who could retire. He said: “The fight with Fury is the only one I want. If that doesn’t happen I may not fight again. But I do believe we are going to fight each other soon.”
They were s*** and I’d beat them both on the same night’ — then proclaiming: ‘The Gypsy King is here to stay for ever so get your f****** cheque book out.”
Warren told BBC Radio 5 live on Monday: “He and Usyk would be a really good fight. It’s a fight that I think will be made because both teams would like to see that happen. Usyk said after the fight that it’s the only fight he’s interested in and it’s certainly the same case with Tyson. It’s just a matter of where it will generate the most income because it’s a unique fight, a historic fight.
“It’s the first time for God knows how long that the four belts are on the line. Both fighters are undefeated. The whole world of boxing will be captivated by this fight.”
Taking to social media, Fury’s American promoter said: “Top Rank and our co-promoter, Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions, are hopeful we can make the biggest heavyweight championship fight since Ali fought Frazier…. Fury vs. Usyk.”