Following his demolition job of Derek Chisora, Tyson Fury dampened hopes of an undisputed bout with Oleksandr Usyk by highlighting an injury.
A knock or cut was really the only danger in the Chisora fight for ‘The Gypsy King.’ Talks with Usyk’s team have been going on behind the scenes ever since the Ukrainian kept his heavyweight titles with a second victory over Anthony Joshua.
Despite being targeted for early 2023, Fury told the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium crowd that he needed surgery.
“I’ve got to maybe have surgery on my right elbow. I had the left one done, so I’ve got to have it done. It will take about six-to-eight weeks to heal. We’ll see when we can be ready for this fight.”
Despite the surgery claims Fury said the following later in the press conference.
“First of all, let’s talk about Usyk, because now I can. Before everyone wants to ask me a million questions about Usyk when I’ve got Chisora to beat … So yeah, I’m ready, I’m willing to take on Usyk next. Whether it’s going to be in Saudi Arabia or back here in the UK, both places will be fantastic, and let’s give the fans one champion, one name, one face.”
“Frank [Warren] and Bob [Arum] have been telling me it might be the first quarter of next year – end of February, early March – let’s do it.”
With the mentioned recovery time stretching into February, before a glove has been lifted for a twelve week training camp, something doesn’t add up.
Frank Warren said that we may be in for an announcement this side of Christmas, so fans now eagerly await an update on the WBC Champion’s elbow.