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Promoter contradicts Tyson Fury, says Oleksandr Usyk fight will happen sooner rather than later

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

Bob Arum has contradicted recent statements made by WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury 33-0-1 (24) that he will not entertain a fight against WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk 21-0 (14).

While doing the media rounds for his upcoming 10-round non-title fight against boxing debutant and former UFC heavyweight champion in Saudi Arabia on October 28, Fury slammed the idea of facing Usyk, saying the 36-year-old Ukrainian southpaw had his chance to face him earlier this year.

“Nope, I am not interested in fighting Usyk. He’s a little Ukrainian dosser. That’s all he is to me. No interest in unifying the division. It doesn’t mean shit to me,” the 34-year-old Fury told The Daily Mail.

“All that stuff about unifying and whatever, it really doesn’t mean anything to me. I am looking for the biggest payday. Most of the time, Usyk doesn’t cut it.

“He’s just a foreign person who doesn’t speak good English so you can’t really sell him. I am looking for probably another American. Probably looking to fight [current UFC heavyweight champion] Jon Jones in a boxing fight.”

But Arum, who co-promotes Britain’s Fury alongside Frank Warren, has other plans.

“It won’t be hard to make,” Arum said to Sky Sports of a proposed Usyk bout. “I know the Usyk people, they’re nice people. His manager, his promoter, they’re terrific people.

“Usyk himself is a terrific guy. I think he wants that fight. I think that fight’s going to happen and hopefully it will happen sooner rather than later.

“I would like to see him fight Usyk. I think once he fights Usyk and assuming he beats Usyk then I think he’ll do a victory lap, maybe two more fights and let the younger guys take over.”

Fury, it seems, is already doing his victory lap with retirement in his sights.

“I would fight Francis Ngannou in the cage. I believe I would kick his ass in the cage as well as the ring,” Fury said. “We’ll have a fucking bareknuckle fight outside for the trilogy.

“Haters are going to hate. I am getting a bag. I am getting a fucking big bag too. So, I won’t feel bad when I am cashing my cheque in. I won’t care when I am eating ice cream and marshmallows all day drinking Pina Coladas. I’m not thinking, ‘what about those boxers?’ and all that shit.”

The WBC is seemingly fine with Fury facing MMA fighters instead of defending their title.

“Tyson Fury is the WBC heavyweight champion. He has been willing, able and trying to fight Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua, Andy Ruiz Jr or anyone [available] and has not been able to land the fight that the fans would like to see,” WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman said to Gambling.com.

“Instead of waiting around, he has no mandatory contenders, so he is going to do this special event in Saudi Arabia. The ‘Baddest Man on the Planet’ – the WBC heavyweight champion and the former UFC champion – both giants, this should be a very entertaining evening.

“He is not fighting Oleksandr Usyk because he was not ready last December. Then they couldn’t do it in March and then they went their separate ways. Anthony Joshua – the same thing, so don’t blame Tyson Fury. He has been there and been there ready.”