Oleksandr Usyk’s manager Egis Klimas has revealed the latest developments in the negotiations for an undisputed fight with Tyson Fury – and says Fury’s approval is the only thing needed to rubber stamp a date in 2023.
Klimas told SecondsOut that, as far as he’s concerned, team Usyk have completed all their requirements and are happy to finalise the deal.
“Everything is done from our side. Everything. So it’s only one guy who can say, ‘Yes, we’re going,’ that’s Fury.”
An undisputed clash with Usyk depends on Fury getting through his trilogy bout with Dereck Chisora, taking place on December 3rd at Tottenham Hotspurs’ stadium.
‘The Gypsy King’ is widely expected to emerge victorious against Chisora, having defeated him twice in comfortable fashion when the two met in their early careers and many now considering ‘Del Boy’s best years to be well behind him.
A fight between Fury and Usyk would be the first undisputed heavyweight world title fight in over 20 years, since Lennox Lewis vs Evander Holyfield all the way back in 1999.
Fury and Usyk are universally viewed as the top two heavyweights on the planet today, and a fight between the two is one of the best fights to be made in the sport of boxing.
Despite having a huge height and weight difference to overcome, Usyk’s back to back victories over Fury’s countryman Anthony Joshua will give the Ukranian all the confidence in the world he can inflict a similar fate on the WBC world champion.
Fans will just be hopeful there’s an official announcement as soon as possible.