Oleksandr Krasiuk, the promoter of WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight titleholder Oleksandr Usyk (20-0, 13 KOs), said the Ukrainian boxer has no intention of giving up one of his belts to fight WBC champion Tyson Furi (32-0-1, 23 KOs).
"If someone thinks about the possibility that Usyk will vacate the title, then he is absolutely wrong. Alexander will never give up the belt. Usyk will pursue the title of absolute champion, no matter what it takes."
"Fighting all the mandatory contenders is not Usyk's favorite scenario, but since Oleksandr considers himself a stubborn, purposeful person in a positive sense, he will not miss it. He will go forward and cope with the challenges," said the promoter.
It was previously reported that Fury does not want the IBF belt on the horse of the battle with Usyk. The International Boxing Federation has appointed the Croatian Filip Hrgovic as a mandatory contender for the title. Fury has no intention of paying the IBF fine for not defending the belt.
Earlier, the promoter Frank Warren said that Usyk will be Fury's next opponent after the Briton's fight with Derek Chisora, which is scheduled for December 3. The same thesis was confirmed by Tyson himself, who declared his readiness to fight the Ukrainian after the fight with Derek.
In addition, the Gypsy King announced three fights for 2023. Promoter Oleksandr Krasiuk said that the working date of the fight between Usyk and Fury is February 18.