Despite reports of negotiations to stage the fight in Saudi Arabia, an undisputed heavyweight world title clash between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk can only take place at Wembley Stadium – well, according to Fury anyway.
‘The Gypsy King’ has been on a rampage on social media over the past few days, taking shots at the likes of Francis Ngannou, Jon Jones and even Joe Rogan, as well as aiming some predictable abuse the way of Usyk.
In one of several Instagram posts aimed at the Ukrainian, he appeared to shoot down talk of a meeting between the pair in Saudi Arabia, claiming the fight can “only happen in the UK at Wembley.” He told Usyk’s team to “take it or leave it.”
Fury followed this up with a video message to his fellow champion, revisiting their previous terms and telling him to forget fighting anybody else.
As has been proven on several occasions in recent times, any claims surrounding this fight can not be taken as gospel, so British fight fans would probably be wise to wait before booking their hotels in London.
The fight appeared to have been agreed earlier this year, however talks between the two camps publicly collapsed, with most observers laying blame firmly at the door of Fury, although he himself believes Usyk was ‘scared.’
That came after numerous assurances that the historic four belt unification would be next, leaving the boxing world bitterly disappointed and disillusioned with the heavyweight division, which has not had an undisputed champion this millennium.
Skills Challenge Entertainment have made no secret of their desire to stage Fury vs Usyk on the same night as Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder in Saudi this December, giving a new sense of hope that the legacy defining contest could actually happen this year after all.