Tyson Fury next fight: Who will ‘The Gypsy King’ face?

Tyson Fury is the master of all he surveys, and though he claims to be retired all focus is on what his next fight will be.

Boxing experts – and the majority of boxing fans – do not believe ‘The Gypsy King’ will hang up his gloves at the age of 33 while at the peak of his powers.

Fury is still unbeaten with a 32-0-1 professional record after that brilliant victory over Dillian Whyte at a heaving Wembley Stadium in April. That sixth-round knockout followed two epic defeats of American big hitter Deontay Wilder.

Potential opponents

Fury stands on the cusp of the biggest showdown of his professional career – a massive superfight with all  the marbles in the heavyweight division on the line.

Fury currently holds the WBC, Ring magazine and lineal heavyweight titles, and he has a chance to fight next for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world.

The other three major belts – IBF, WBA and WBO – are all currently held by Ukrainian megastar Oleksandr Usyk. He won them with a terrific defeat of Anthony Joshua in London last September.

On August 20 in Saudi Arabia Usyk and Joshua will meet again, and the winner in theory will then be lined up vs Fury. Hopefully that would crown the first undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis back in 1999.

So, Fury has two potential opponents, and here they are:

Oleksandr Usyk (19-0)

The 35-year-old Ukrainian is an incredible talent, and now he is just potentially two fights away from completing his career dream – unifying the titles at heavyweight and cruiserweight. Since moving up to heavy Usyk has fought three times, with three comfortable victories. His defeat of Joshua at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – in front of 67,000 frenzied locals – was spectacular. It wasn’t just the spellbinding boxing, but also the willingness to bit down on his gumshield and stand in the pocket to trade with Joshua. So dominant was Usyk that he appeared close to stopping the British star in Round 12.

Anthony Joshua (24-2)

AJ is a two-time heavyweight champion of the world and he is about to rematch Usyk in a bid to claim the titles for a third time. For the first time in a while AJ will start as the underdog for that Usyk rematch – sportsbooks are struggling to believe he can force a different outcome to last September in London. Joshua has also made a huge decision in his business life – jumping ship from UK pay TV broadcaster Sky Sports to go all in with streaming platform DAZN.

When will Tyson Fury fight next?

Fury is still telling people he’s retired, at least when he’s not telling them he’ll come out of retirement for £500million.

The likely scenario here depends on how Usyk vs Joshua 2 plays out. If the result is pretty clear-cut and the winner emerges without any significant injuries, it’s not a massive stretch to see an undisputed showdown happening before the end of 2022.

Watch this space…

 

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