It seems that the fight talks about Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk are getting back on track and the latest reports surged suggest that the undisputed heavyweight title fight between the two would take place in March 2023 in Saudi Arabia.
Undisputed Title Fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk would take place in March 2023
The claim was first made by Mike Coppinger of ESPN, who assured that sources close to the boxers are already in negotiations so that after Fury defeats Derek Chisora in their upcoming trilogy fight on December 3, he can face Usyk in Saudi Arabia.
Tyson Fury fights Derek Chisora on Dec. 3, and it could serve as a tune-up for Oleksandr Usyk. There are ongoing talks between the sides for Fury and Usyk, sources tell ESPN, with March in Saudi Arabia a possibility for the undisputed heavyweight championship fight. #FuryUsyk pic.twitter.com/mZFFwWQrkj
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) October 24, 2022
It should be remembered that Fury, the WBC champion already called for the fight and wanted to face Usyk, the unified WBA (Super), IBF and WBO titlist, in December 2022, but the Ukrainian refused, saying that those dates would be spent with his family and not training for a fight. In addition, ‘The Gypsy King’ had also asked for a figure of 590 million dollars to close the contract against Usyk for all titles.
“If you want the best, then you have to pay. It’s going to be very expensive, so get out your damn checkbook and I’ll relieve that Ukrainian of those belts, you know,” Fury said. “The biggest fight in the world has to be the biggest money in the world, if I’m going to risk it all against an unknown foreigner.”
Tyson Fury’s promoter Bob Arum recently informed Sky Sports that he was already anticipating the start of negotiations to stage an undisputed heavyweight title unification fight with Oleksandr Usyk.
Arum added that Usyk and his manager Egis Klimas will be at the Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Jamaine Ortiz fight this weekend, and he hopes to engage them in preliminary discussions for a big heavyweight fight.
“Egis and Oleksandr Usyk will be there and I’ll be having dinner with them without any question, probably the Thursday night before the fight and so I’ll have a very long discussion with them about what their plans are and when it could be in their best interests to get the fight on,” said Arum, “I know from previous conversations with both of them that they want that fight against Tyson Fury.”