Tyson Fury will not be fighting Oleksandr Usyk for all of the heavyweight marbles anytime soon – instead he says he will face another opponent in his next fight and there is now every chance it could be a certain Anthony Joshua!
Usyk defeated Anthony Joshua for a second time last month to retain his IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight titles and claim the Ring heavyweight title recently vacated by Fury. It also cleared the way for a potential unification showdown with Britain’s WBC and lineal champion.
Why not Fury vs Usyk next?
Now though it appears Usyk (20-0) is not willing to take on that fight until next year – instead preferring to recover from a bruising Joshua rematch first.
Fury (32-0-1) responded by revealing that he will not wait around for the Ukrainian megastar, and instead offered a title shot to Joshua. AJ has “agreed all terms offered” for a December 3 fight between the pair, with Fury taking the lion’s share of the purse on a 60-40 split.
Fury vs Joshua instead?
Fury had announced his retirement from boxing in April following his last fight – a comprehensive demolition of fellow Briton Dillian Whyte at a packed Wembley Stadium in April. Since then he has said he would consider coming out of that retirement if he was offered £500million.
While that sort of cash would appear to be unlikely, Saudi Arabia was willing to pay an incredible $155million site fee to stage a Fury vs Joshua unification last year. And it would appear to be a likely landing spot for a Fury vs Usyk fight.
For now though it appears we might have to wait a few more months before the opportunity to crown boxing’s first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis back in 1999. The likeliest scenario is the winner of a Fury vs Joshua clash in December then locking horns with Usyk for all the marbles in the first half of 2023.
At least it looks like we don’t have to look forward to a Fury trilogy fight with fellow Briton Dereck Chisora, something which had been mooted in recent months. Fury schooled ‘Del Boy’ in 2011 and 2014 and there is no real need to see it again.