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Tyson Fury reportedly back in October before taking on Oleksandr Usyk in January in the Middle East

Tyson Fury with co-promoter Bob Arum. Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) is reportedly looking to return to the ring in October ahead of a four-belt unification clash with WBA, WBO and IBF boss Oleksandr Usyk 20-0 (13) in Saudi Arabia in January next year.

The 34-year-old Fury teased a big announcement on his social media channels this week and his co-promoter Frank Warren has labelled it a “game-changer”.

“They’ll be an announcement soon, it will be quite interesting, everybody is going to be quite surprised. It’s going to be a game-changer,” Warren said to The Daily Mail.

Speculation has been rife that Fury will face one of two former UFC fighters in his next bout, either Francis Ngannou or Jon Jones, but with the mercurial Englishman involved, the opponent could be even more left-field than that.

Saudi Arabian promotional outfit Skill Challenge Promotions (SCP) was hoping to secure the undisputed heavyweight title fight between Fury and 36-year-old Ukrainian southpaw Usyk for December with former world champions Anthony Joshua 25-3 (22) and Deontay Wilder 43-2-1 (42) clashing on the undercard.

But Fury’s team clearly want their man to get some ring time before facing such a dangerous opponent as former undisputed cruiserweight world champion Usyk after not entering the prize ring this year.

Boxing journalist and broadcast commentator Gareth A Davies confirmed that Fury would plot his own course to the Middle East and not be dictated to by SCP.

“They’ve moved things because Fury is now going to fight in October,” Davies said to iFL TV. “They obviously want Fury involved. I heard this from George Warren a few weeks ago that they don’t have to go with the Saudi narrative. That they’re going to choose the route map for Tyson Fury.

“He doesn’t have to be beholden to the Saudi plan, the Saudi program, and they’re probably right to think like that. Originally the Saudis were promoting events or having events. Now they are promoters. They’re signing fighters up.

“They’ve signed Wilder; they’ve signed Oleksandr Usyk. Well, apparently, they’ve signed Deontay Wilder. I say, ‘apparently’. We know that they’ve signed Oleksandr Usyk. That was made public a couple of weeks back.”

Warren all but confirmed the proposed December outing is off the table right now. As for Fury returning to the ring in January, well, that could be pushed back too.

“I’m not going to get into that all we are focusing on his next fight at the moment and depending on what date we announce it he may not be available,” Warren said to talkSPORT.

“There may not be a December anyway because Amer [Abdallah], who is the Skill Challenge Head of Boxing, he said they were looking to put whatever they are looking to put together in the first quarter of 2024 anyway.”

Former two-time unified heavyweight Joshua is desperately trying to find an opponent for an August 12 date in the UK, with perennial contender Dillian Whyte 29-3 (19) being the preferred option.

While a loose agreement is in place for the Joshua-Wilder fight in December, SCP want to wait to see what pans out in Fury’s next fight before entering serious negotiations.

“[Usyk vs Fury] not going to happen this year. It’s been delayed and delayed and delayed. The Saudis will not make contractual offers until these guys have fought in the summer,” Davies said.