WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has commented on his possible unification fight against WBA/WBO/IBF/IBO champion Oleksandr Usyk.
“After I beat Dillian Whyte in April, I was really going to retire, and I swear to God, I couldn't be more sure of anything in my entire life. I've spent a few months out of the ring, I've been writing my third book and I'm also composing a song for the World Championship, so I've been very busy. But without boxing, I just felt like I no longer had a purpose in life."
“If Usyk can be convinced and they really want the fight, then we'll have that fight next. If the fight with Usyk happens, it will more than likely be in Saudi Arabia. After it, we will return to Great Britain."
After his victory over Anthony Joshua, Usyk challenged Fury to a fight. Soon, the Ukrainian said that holding a fight with Tyson this year is impossible. Promoter Oleksandr Krasiuk said that the working date of the fight between Usyk and Fury is February 18.
Promoter Frank Warren said that the Ukrainian will be Fury's next opponent after the Briton's fight with Derek Chisora, which is scheduled for December 3. Tyson himself said that he will have three fights in 2023, one of them with Usyk.
The organization of the fight between Usyk and Fury can be hindered by the position of the IBF, which believes that the fight of the Ukrainian with mandatory contender Filip Hrhovych is a higher priority than sanctioning the unification fight between Usyk and Fury.