WBC king Fury and WBA, IBF and WBO champion Usyk are poised to do battle as the unbeaten superstars put everything on the line in a four-belt undisputed clash.
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The UFC star never lost his world title in the octagon but decided this weekend that he wouldn’t be signing an extended contract with the promotion, thus vacating the belt and moving on to other options. And he believes that it’s likely his next fight will take place in a boxing ring, with Joshua one of his dream opponents.
Fury defeated his British rival Derek Chisora for the third time in his career to retain his WBC title earlier this month.
Ukrainian world heavyweight champion Usyk doesn’t speak English, but he was able to get his message across fully during a recent interview with Parimatch. He did the interview in Ukrainian, but asked if he was “coming for” Fury, he switched to the Brit’s native tongue to send a concise message to Fury, using his real first name.
The Ukrainian’s focus at the moment is on negotiating an undisputed fight with Tyson Fury, who holds the WBC title that Usyk needs to complete his set of belts.
The Brit holds the WBC title, while Usyk has the WBO, IBF and WBA Super belts, as well as The Ring Magazine title.
Fury, 34, has retired, or threatened to, on numerous occasions, but speaking on The High Performance podcast, the WBC heavyweight champion believes he has unfinished business with Joshua before he can hang up the gloves.
The duo, who have shared the ring on two prior occasions, will square off once more at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The old rivals look set to lock horns for a third time following two previous bad-blooded meetings that saw the Gyspy King reign supreme on both occasions.
The long-awaited, all-British heavyweight showdown was being targeted for 3 December, but it looks to have slipped away once again – having initially fallen through in summer 2021.
Speaking at the Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker fight in Manchester, Fury stated that AJ is yet to agree to a deal.
Fury recently offered his fellow Briton the chance to challenge him for the WBC title before the end of the year.
Wilder, 36, returns for the first time since his back-to-back knockout defeats to Tyson Fury when he faces former sparring partner Helenius on October 15. ‘The Bronze Bomber’ considered hanging up his gloves after losing twice to Fury, but announced his return by insisting the heavyweight division needs an American champion to thrive again.
A bank holiday has been declared today for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, with Fury one of the more high profile figures to pay his respects at Buckingham Palace last week. The Queen passed away at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle earlier this month, ending the longest reign of any monarch in British history.
So says Deontay Wilder’s trainer, Malik Scott, who believes Anthony Joshua can take down the “arrogant” Gypsy King.
On Tuesday, Joshua’s management confirmed they will accept Fury’s 60/40 purse split offer to set up a clash with the Gypsy King for the WBC world heavyweight title on December 3. The bout will be contested at the Principality Stadium in Wales.
Fury, the WBC champion, made the offer to his British rival last week, saying he would accept a 60-40 purse split in order to seal the contest.
Elizabeth served as the Queen of England from June 2, 1953 to September 8, 2022, the longest reign as monarch in the country’s history.
Hearn said the fight could take place at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on December 17, 2022.
The highly-anticipated fight between the two could now be in doubt after the Gypsy King stated that he is not happy with Joshua’s response to the fight negotiations.