Tyson Fury is adamant that he wants a fight in September, and has teased big news from his training camp in Morecambe – but who he’ll be facing is a mystery.
The WBC Champion demanded his promoters find him a dance partner, having not been in the ring since a run-out against Derek Chisora last December.
There have been options explored – Andy Ruiz Jr, Zhilei Zhang, Anthony Joshua – but none bear fruit for one reason or another. It leaves Fury’s team searching the rankings for a suitable challenger as the proposed fight date comes ever closer.
Hall of Fame fighter turned manager, Barry McGuigan, gets the feeling that Fury doesn’t want to fight as much as he’s letting on. He spoke to Seconds Out on the topic.
“Honestly, I don’t want to talk about this. It’s just nonsense. If Fury wanted to fight, he’d fight. He’s asking for millions and just being difficult, so obviously he doesn’t want to fight. It’s silly – he should get in there, get an opponent and get on with it.”
“I know the Saudis have said that they’ve got him and [Oleksandr Usyk] and Joshua and the big-banger, Wilder – who knows, it changes everyday. It’s boring talking about it.”
Fury is indeed expected to receive an offer from Skill Challenge Promotions regarding an undisputed bout with Oleksandr Usyk towards the end of the year.
The Ukrainian – who holds the WBA, WBO and IBF belts – is set to defend against Daniel Dubois in August before re-entering the Fury negotiations.
As for September, ‘The Gypsy King’s fight is expected to be announced in the coming weeks, with Martin Bakole, Agit Kabayel and even Francis Ngannou mentioned as potentials.