Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk ‘have agreed to fight each other next’ for the undisputed world heavyweight title, says promoter Bob Arum, before aiming a dig at Anthony Joshua: ‘We’re dealing with two adults, not a lot of rubbish back and forth’
Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk have agreed to face each other in the ring next in what would be a hugely anticipated unification bout.
The heavyweights are set to fight for the title of unified heavyweight champion according to Bob Arum, who sent a thinly-veiled jibe at Anthony Joshua by claiming the fight would be between ‘two adults’ after a fight between the Brits disintegrated earlier this year.
Usyk’s manager had claimed that the fight could take place on March 4, and Fury remains adamant that he will ‘take out’ the Ukrainian heavyweight if they face off next year.
Tyson Fury has reportedly agreed to fight Oleksandr Usyk next in a heavyweight unification bout
Sky Sports report that both fighters are intent on seeing the bout materialise, and neither will accept another fight until they face off in the ring.
‘The two fighters have agreed to fight each other next,’ Arum told Sky Sports.
‘With Fury and Usyk we’re dealing with two adults, not a lot of [rubbish] back and forth.
Ukrainian fighter Usyk is the current occupant of the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belts
Usyk is a good friend of mine, he’s very intelligent and Tyson is Superman, both as an athlete and as an intellect.
So they want the fight. Both of them want the fight and so there’ll be very little, if any, [messing] around. So we’ll be able to make that happen.
‘I’m very, very confident. As I said the fighters have both agreed to fight each other next without any interim fights.’
Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk has claimed the fight should take place in early 2023
An exact date and location for the fight – which will see the division unified for the first time since Lennox Lewis in 1999 – is yet to be decided, although both fighters are keen for the clash to come in early 2023.
The Ukrainian’s manager claimed that the collision should come no later than March 4, and added that the sooner the fight comes ‘the better’.
Arum added that a venue for the surely highly lucrative encounter is still yet to be decided, with the Middle East strong suitors to play host as well as the UK.
The two stared each other down after Fury’s victory against compatriot Derek Chisora
If the fight were to take place in the UK, Wembley stands to be the most likely destination, with Fury’s fight earlier this year with Dillian Whyte taking place at the football stadium.
He has also taken to the canvas at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, when he took on fellow Brit Derek Chisora - who the Gypsy King claims is far tougher than Usyk – in December.
A fight in the Middle East would likely see a far larger fight purse made available for the two fighters, and Arum admitted that the greater reward could prove difficult to ignore, although Wembley has its own draws.
Bob Arum suggested that the money the fighters could make in the Middle East might be hard to turn down
To go back to Wembley and do a fight before 95,000 people for me really stirs up the blood.
It would be crazy. It would just be wonderful.
‘We’ll have it all sorted out,’ Arum added. ‘I hope maybe by the end of the year.’
A date and a location for the highly anticipated fight are still to be determined by both parties