Oleksandr Usyk has had his say on Tyson Fury’s upcoming trilogy fight with Derek Chisora, claiming Fury is ‘scared’ of him.
When Usyk beat Anthony Joshua for the second time in a row, he successfully defended his WBA, IBF, and WBO titles. With that rematch clause out the way, his sights turned to the last piece of the undisputed puzzle – Fury’s WBC strap.
Despite the match up looking promising, there was a disagreement on when it should take place. Team Usyk wanted early 2023, whilst Fury demanded December having not been in the ring since April. As both stood their ground, ‘The Gypsy King’ went about organising something in the interim and landed on Chisora.
Now, Usyk has claimed his fellow-champion is running by taking what many in the sport see as a Winter warm-up fight. The Ukrainian joins the ranks of many in the sport who consider the third Chisora fight a pointless exercise. He gave ESPN his thoughts, as posted by Top Rank.
“At this moment, it kind of makes me laugh. Why is he doing this?”
“I think we agreed to a fight with him and now he’s running saying I don’t want to fight him. I know that [he is scared of me.]”
.@Usykaa thinks Tyson Fury is scared 😳
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) October 30, 2022
This is widely expected to come around March next year, and likely to land in Saudi Arabia to guarantee those involved huge pay days for the historic event. But first, and despite Usyk’s protests, Fury must come through Chisora – a man who took the Ukrainian twelve rounds not so long ago.