Tyson Fury’s trainer SugarHill Steward is currently working with cruiserweight champion, Lawrence Okolie, in Miami, leading many to speculate as to whether an undisputed fight against Oleksandr Usyk will actually happen.
Okolie will fight in Manchester on March 25, meaning Steward would have just over a month to focus on preparing Fury for what some in the sport believe will be the toughest test of his professional career to date.
However, Fury’s promoter, Frank Warren, told IFL TV this will be ‘plenty of time’ and insisted Fury will be ‘ready to go’ come April 29.
“He’s got plenty of time to be there. Tyson’s a top professional, he know’s what he has to do. He’s now in fight mode and he’ll be training hard.”
“The rest of his team will come in, sparring partners will be getting organised and he’ll be ready to go.”
Fans felt a new wave of optimism that the fight could happen last weekend when Fury and Usyk publicly agreed to a 70/30 split in favour of the Brit, provided he donated £1 million to aid the people of Ukraine
However, Fury has demanded that the two way rematch clause be removed which has cast fresh doubt over the possibility of the bout happening next, although Warren has assured fans the fight will go ahead.
Usyk’s side were expected the latest contract with fresh terms this week, and Fury’s final message before a ‘social media blackout’ was a positive one – wishing his Ukrainian opponent all the best and calling the scrap the biggest in heavyweight history.
If a fight between Fury and Usyk does materialise, the winner will be the first undisputed heavyweight world champion since Lennox Lewis, all the way back in 1999.