With an undisputed bout between Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury on the horizon, the Ukrainian is becoming the more vocal of the two.
Few would have expected the often quiet and always polite Usyk to be leading the charge for the fight rather than the brash, trash-talking Fury – but that’s exactly what’s happening.
The Ukrainian is looking to put his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belts on the line against ‘The Gypsy King’s WBC strap to crown one champion in division. If he’s successful, it’ll be the second time in a 21 fight career that former cruiserweight Usyk has conquered a division.
Much like in the run up to both the Derek Chisora and Anthony Joshua fights, Usyk is wondering where Fury is – although he’s not using his first name, he’s sticking with ‘Belly.’
Usyk posted a video saying:
“Belly! Where are you?”
— Alexander Usyk (@usykaa) January 13, 2023
The gym backdrop isn’t surprising given the Ukrainian’s reputation for relentless training, but it also bodes well for fans in the sense that there’s clearly something to train for.
We’re yet to see an official announcement for the legacy-defining fight, although what’s keeping the boxing world happy is that there has been no news of any obstacles, either.
Usyk had previously said that the bout must go ahead before March 4 due to religious commitments, and there hasn’t been any massive protest from Fury’s camp on this demand.
With the general date clear, eyes turn to the location. Although keen to not rule out a return to Wembley Stadium, Fury’s promoters have admitted that wherever offers the most money will win the rights. That’s undoubtedly going to be the Middle East.
With less than two months until the final date available it’s down to the promoters to get moving. Frank Warren, Bob Arum – where are you?