Boxing fans across the world have been kept on strings regarding the proposed heavyweight bonanza planned for Saudi Arabia this December.
The intention of Skills Challenge Entertainment to remarkably stage Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder on the same card as an undisputed showdown between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk pricked the ears of the public when first mentioned in April.
It is expected that at least two of the men will have interim fights over the summer risking the huge payday at the end of the year, with Usyk facing mandatory challenger Daniel Dubois and Joshua looking likely to rematch old foe Dillian Whyte.
In an interview with Pro Boxing Fans, British heavyweight veteran Derek Chisora, who has recently been a part of the Saudi promotional team, claimed that, if the fighters had a business head screwed on, they would be sitting out until December.
“Everybody do what you’re going to do for the summer, and after the summer, my boss will call you.
Usyk’s got to fight Daniel Dubois, ‘AJ’s put an offer to fight Dillian [Whyte], I don’t know if Deontay Wilder’s fighting and Tyson Fury is in Thailand.
When they’re all finished doing what they’re doing, they’ll make a phone call and everybody can sit down.
As a business move, they should sit down and say “You know what? I’m just going to train and train until December.”
Joshua, Wilder and Usyk are all reportedly already onboard for the plans, with Usyk even officially signing a deal with Skills Challenge earlier this month.
Concerns still linger over Fury’s intentions, given he has just unsuccessfully attempted to throw together a September fight with Joshua.