Tyson Fury has responded to speculation that he may be facing Oleksandr Usyk on the same card as Anthony Joshua fighting Deontay Wilder later in the year.
Fury and Usyk tried and failed to make an undisputed fight recently, with the Brit’s WBC belt on the line against the Ukrainian’s WBO, IBF and WBA.
Unfortunately for fans, and the sport in general, things fell apart.
‘The Gypsy King’ was left without a dance partner just around the time his domestic rival, Anthony Joshua – whom he’s also failed to make a fight with in the past – returned to the ring following two losses to Usyk.
After his victory, ‘AJ’ announced that any plans for a July fight were kiboshed and he would return to the ring in December.
This kicked off speculation that Saudi Arabia were planning something special for the wintertime as their involvement in the sport increases.
TalkSPORT’s Simon Jordan reported that there were rumours of a four man tournament – Fury, Usyk, Joshua and Wilder – and Wilder’s trainer, Malik Scott, seemed to confirm that something like that was on the table.
Promoter Eddie Hearn, who handles ‘AJ’s career, also said that it was something ‘people were interested in.’
Fury, reacting to news that Scott had added fuel to the fire, simply said:
“I can confirm that these rumours are absolute BS.”
Without the blessing of one of the champions, it’s hard to see the mega fights – which would seemingly be on the same card – happening.
Having said that, Fury and Usyk have been rumoured to be open to revisiting their negotiations for a fight in the Middle East should they both keep winning and hold onto their belts.
For now, what’s happening at the very top of the heavyweight division is frustratingly unclear.