Two-time welterweight world champion Shawn Porter has maintained his belief that the upcoming undisputed showdown between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk will not take place, despite the clash being just six weeks away.
Hopes of seeing a first-ever four-belt heavyweight title fight diminished throughout 2023, only for a shock fight announcement in September to send fans wild and breathe some much needed life into the division.
However, in an interview with Pro Box TV, Porter – who has expressed doubt that the fight happens in the past – was asked if he was still unconvinced. He explained why he still believes the bout will not go ahead.
“You look at a guy like Tyson Fury, a guy who has been around this track so many times, and I think that a fighter will get to a point where they see the hardest night ahead of them and they’re like, ‘man, I just had so many of those hard nights, I am not going to have that hard night’.
So, even with the fight being signed sealed and delivered, what we know about Tyson Fury is that he is a showman, what we know about Tyson Fury is that he likes things to be his way or no way.
Me personally, I don’t feel like this is the kind of energy that he wants to that he wants to exert any more in the boxing ring, which is why he went after a Francis Ngannou, because those are the kind of fights that he is looking for. He is looking for things that are going to give him the money and the recognition and the nights that he is not going to have to train hard for anymore.”
For now at least, Fury-Usyk is scheduled to take place on February 17th in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, live on TNT Sports PPV, with further details regarding the undercard expected to be announced imminently.