Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk have agreed to struggle one another subsequent.
The 2 maintain all 4 of the foremost heavyweight world title belts between them and their richly anticipated struggle would resolve the undisputed heavyweight world championship.
Bob Arum of High Rank, the US firm that co-promotes Fury with Queensberry Promotions within the UK, revealed to Sky Sports activities that neither Fury, the WBC champion, nor Usyk, the unified WBO, WBA and IBF heavyweight titlist, would take a bout earlier than that showdown.
Fury and Usyk are set on having the undisputed contest in early 2023, with solely the precise date and the placement to be finalised.
“The 2 fighters have agreed to struggle one another subsequent,” Arum instructed Sky Sports activities.
“With Fury and Usyk we’re coping with two adults, not quite a lot of [rubbish] forwards and backwards. Usyk is an efficient pal of mine, he is very clever and Tyson is Superman, each as an athlete and as an mind,” he continued.
“So they need the struggle. Each of them need the struggle and so there will be little or no, if any, [messing] round. So we’ll have the ability to make that occur. I am very, very assured. As I mentioned the fighters have each agreed to struggle one another subsequent with none interim fights.”
The UK remains to be within the working to host the struggle, regardless of profitable provides to take it to a venue within the Center East.
“Now the query is what is the date and what is the web site,” Arum mentioned. “However that struggle is certainly going to occur and it’ll occur within the first 4 months of subsequent 12 months.
“We’re balancing a few vital provides from the Mid East and likewise there’s the potential of doing the struggle within the UK at Wembley [stadium] with an enormous 95,000 crowd in attendance.
“Fighters have a comparatively quick life and cash is vital. So if the cash which has been proposed to us is actual that must be considered.”
However he added: “To return to Wembley and do a struggle earlier than 95,000 individuals for me actually stirs up the blood.
“It might be loopy. It might simply be fantastic.”
It should not be too lengthy earlier than a ultimate determination is made. “We’ll have all of it sorted out,” Arum mentioned. “I hope possibly by the tip of the 12 months.”
The struggle boxing wants
There ought to be one champion, should not there? But it surely’s been virtually 20 years since boxing had an undisputed heavyweight king.
Lennox Lewis was universally recognised because the primary heavyweight on the planet. After his retirement in 2003 the division was dominated by Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko. Collectively they did maintain all 4 of the foremost titles on the similar time however after all the 2 brothers would by no means struggle each other.
Tyson Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko in 2015 to scatter three of the belts, whereas Deontay Wilder would decide up the WBC crown that very same 12 months.
Fury was out of the game for 2 years. Anthony Joshua then unified the WBO, WBA and IBF titles in a formidable championship-winning run. However he by no means fought Wilder when the American had the WBC belt.
It was Fury who got here again in 2018 to beat Wilder. A conflict between the 2 Britons when each had been champions was by no means put collectively. Joshua has then twice misplaced decisively to Usyk.
That has made Usyk the chief risk to Fury. The importance of Fury-Usyk now being on target is that in the end the highest two heavyweights on the planet will field each other to resolve who’s primary. It’s precisely the kind of struggle boxing wants.
The best query for boxing – which for a lot too lengthy has not had a easy answer, has been: who’s the true heavyweight champion?
With Fury-Usyk set, the game will lastly get the reply it wants.