Bob Arum has hinted that fans should perhaps not pay too much heed to some of Tyson Fury’s recent claims, but did say that an undisputed fight with Oleksandr Usyk was very much on the radar.
Reports of Fury fighting Australians such as Demsey McKean and Jai Opetaia has emerged following the WBC world champion’s trip down under to support team mate Joseph Parker against Faiga Opelu earlier this week.
However, speaking to BT Sport Boxing, Arum advised the boxing public to take those rumours with a pinch of salt, but that talk of a legacy defining clash with Usyk in December was very much of substance.
“Tyson Fury reminds me of Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Ali would do the same thing, he’d visit a place and all of a sudden there’d be stories coming out about how he wants to fight in that city or he wants to fight against this fighter, but he did it to have a good time.”
“And Tyson Fury does the same thing, he wants to go around and have a good time and a laugh. And he’s earned it!”
“When he gets back to the UK, myself, Frank and George Warren will sit down with Tyson and see what he wants to do.”
“We’ll see if he wants to have a fight this summer, then we’re all planning for the big showdown in December to determine an undisputed champion”
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.