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Frank Warren says he wants Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk fight early next year

Tyson Fury with Frank Warren, Andy Lee and SugarHill Steward. Photo credit: Ryan Hafey/Premier Boxing Champions

Frank Warren insists he still wants to match WBC heavyweight titleholder Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) with WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 21-0 (14).

The comments from Fury’s co-promoter come hot on the heels of his other leading heavyweight Daniel Dubois’ ninth-round knockout loss to Usyk at Stadion Wroclaw in Wroclaw, Poland on Saturday night.

The fight was not without controversy. Dubois 19-2 (18) landed a punch to the 36-year-old Ukrainian southpaw’s beltline that was ruled a low blow. Usyk went down and was allowed five minutes to recuperate from his injury.

Warren insists it was a legal blow and Usyk should have been counted out by referee Luis Pabon. He now plans to protest the result with the WBA in the hope of enforcing a rematch, which would of course push back any plans for the Usyk-Fury fight.

“The governing bodies will have to look at that and order a rematch,” a confident Warren claimed to TNT Sport.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Warren elaborated on his future plans, saying: “That fight [between Fury and Usyk], we were talking about doing that fight early next year and that is still the plan.

“The plan was that the winner of the fight on Saturday was to fight Tyson [Fury] early next year. So that won’t go on before then.

“Because of what the bigger picture is, you can’t just cast aside Daniel’s situation. He was unfairly treated there.

“Although all the belts were on the line in the fight, it was the WBA’s turn as far as their mandatory is concerned, so what we’ll do is we’ll collate our photographic and video evidence and present it to them and present what was said at the rules meeting determining what were legal and what were illegal blows and they’ll have to make a decision.

“I’d like them to declare it a no contest because Daniel should be now having those three belts around his waist, but if we can get it to a rematch then that’s where we’ll get to.”

Alexander Krassyuk, who promotes former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk, has been adamant that no rematch is required as the punch in question was indeed low.

“How can it be legal when it’s illegal?” Karassyuk said to Fight Hub TV. “I mean when you punch someone with your knee, is it legal? No, it’s not. If you hit him below the belt, is it legal? No, it’s not.

Warren says he can understand where Krassuk is coming from.

“I don’t blame Alex for what he’s saying, because they don’t want us asking for a rematch, but we’re going to,” Warren said.

“Usyk, I’ve got a lot of respect for him, he was a tremendous cruiserweight and he’s been a really good heavyweight, but he does have previous for complaining about low-blows, he done it against Anthony Joshua in their fights.”