Lennox Lewis has echoed calls for Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk to face each other next for the undisputed heavyweight crown, describing any other fight as “nonsense.”
Lewis took to his official Twitter account to publicly implore the two camps to iron out a deal for a date in the first half of 2023.
— Lennox Lewis, CBE, CM (@LennoxLewis) December 14, 2022
‘The Lion’ was actually involved in the last undisputed fight in the heavyweight division, where he defeated Evander Holyfield at Madison Square Garden in 1999 to claim the WBC, WBA and IBF world titles.
Over two decades on, fans will be hoping the wait for the crowning of another indubitable champion in the blue ribbon division will soon be over.
Fury’s Promoter Bob Arum announced this week that both Fury and Usyk had agreed to the fight taking place next, with a date and venue the final obstacles to be overcome.
The fight is widely expected to land in the Middle East, with multiple lucrative site fee offers from the region to host the historic event reportedly already agreed.
However Arum did not rule out the possibility of the pair locking horns at Wembley Stadium, where Fury successfully defended his WBC crown against Dillian Whyte in April.
The sentiment and desire from team Usyk to make the fight is equally strong, with the Ukrainian’s manager Alex Krassyuk saying this week the fight “must happen next.”
Despite no official announcement being made, bookmakers have already priced up the fight. Fury is the 1/2 favourite, whilst Usyk is the slight underdog at 6/4.