Tyson Fury has admitted that he fears Oleksandr Usyk could spoil plans for a world heavyweight title unification between himself and Anthony Joshua later this year.
Fury and Joshua face Deontay Wilder and Usyk respectively, and will need to make it past the two feared heavyweights in order to set up the big money showdown.
And speaking ahead of his fight with Wilder on July 24, Fury said that he was concerned that Joshua may not make it past Usyk in their London fight this September.
In an interview with the Mail Online Fury said: “Usyk is a southpaw, clever, technically very good.
“He’s smaller as a former cruiserweight champion but he handled Derek Chisora, who is physically tougher than Joshua.
“So while I’m absolutely confident of beating Wilder, I’m not so sure about AJ not losing his fight.”
Joshua and Fury had set an August 14 date to finally step in the ring, with a venue set to be made especially for the event in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
But despite a contract signed on all sides, arbitration brought by Wilder ruled that Fury must face the American before taking any other fights.
And Fury’s side reportedly didn’t offer any step aside money to Wilder’s team, instead opting to fulfill the obligation against Wilder in Las Vegas on July 24.
Once the deal had been agreed for Fury to face Wilder, Joshua was slapped with an order from the World Boxing Organisation to face their mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk, and it now appears that the fight is happening in September at Tottenham Hotspur.
Fans and Fury both expected Wilder to back out of the trilogy fight after the one-sided TKO stoppage that was inflicted upon him by the Manchester man early last year.
Wilder was dropped twice before his corner threw in the towel in the seventh round, and he has since come out with some bizarre allegations of cheating against Fury, including tampering with gloves and spiking his water.
“I hope he brings a lot more to the ring than last time,” Fury continued.
“That was a one-sided beat-down but I love real challenges. I didn’t think he would take the trilogy fight but he’s proved me wrong.
“Either he’s a glutton for punishment or he’s just coming for the money, because he knows he can’t win.
“At least it will be over quicker for him. He won’t last seven rounds this time.”