Arum: Fury-Usyk Could Still Be Next

Promoter Bob Arum says talks are still ongoing regarding an undisputed heavyweight title mega-fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk in the Middle East.

Purse bids are set for Friday for a bout between WBC champion Tyson Fury and Interim title holder Dillian Whyte, though Whyte’s team are pushing to change the allocated purse split of 80/20 in Fury’s favour.

After dethroning Anthony Joshua in September, unified champion Usyk is contractually tied into a rematch with the Brit which would further complicate the making of an undisputed bout next.

“It is total chaos,” Arum told “What’s happening is just promises coming out of the Middle East about doing a unified fight with Usyk and Fury, and is Dillian Whyte gonna step aside.

“And people that have absolutely no contractual ties – like Frank Warren’s Queensberry and our Top Rank do – are getting involved.

“It’s a typical terrible kind of situation, but hopefully it’ll get sorted out and probably it will get sorted out with a purse bid on Friday.”

When asked who he believes Fury will fight next, Arum said: “I have absolutely no idea.

“Who are these people in the Middle East? And what’s their backing and all of that stuff? That’s not clear.

“All I know is that the contract with Tyson Fury is with Frank Warren’s Queensberry and Top Rank.

“Nobody has talked to us about buying out rights or getting our permission to go ahead.”