For a minute now, Tyson Fury seemed to be on a confusing path. Big names like Oleksandr Usyk, Anthony Joshua, and Francis Ngannou got thrown around but no bout was actually getting materialized.
In a bid to determine a final world title eliminator, the WBC had mandated a showdown between former champion Deontay Wilder and Andy Ruiz last year. However, the negotiations between the two pugilists fell through, leading them to explore alternative paths.
Fury’s team made efforts to directly reach out to Ruiz, only to discover that the boxer had priced himself out of the matchup by demanding an ‘extravagant’ purse of $20 million.
Additionally, the third-ranked contender, Anthony Joshua, was approached by Fury’s handlers, but he chose to decline the opportunity. Joshua had his sights set on a two-fight plan, involving a return in August followed by a potential December bout with Wilder.
Frank Sanchez ready to embrace Tyson Fury challenge
On the other hand, occupying the fourth position in the rankings is the undefeated Cuban contender, Frank, who eagerly embraced the chance to face Fury for the esteemed WBC strap. Unlike some of the other contenders, Sanchez had no qualms about the fight taking place on British soil.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman revealed that a fresh mandatory challenger will soon be determined. Given Frank’s impressive ranking, he appears to have a strong likelihood of securing that coveted position as the next challenger for Fury’s title.
“I will repeat what Frank Sanchez has said numerous times – he is willing to fight Tyson Fury at a moment’s notice in the US, UK, or anywhere in the world,” said the Cuban’s co-manager Mike Borao told Sky Sports.
“In my opinion, Frank Sanchez is the best heavyweight in the world. Trained by the best trainer in the world, Eddy Reynoso. Tyson probably thinks it is too much risk with easier fights out there. But I’m hoping he proves me wrong,” he added.
Who will Tyson Fury fight next?
Sanchez has recently joined forces once again with renowned trainer Eddy Reynoso. Who has gained immense recognition for his exceptional coaching of Mexican boxing sensation Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
Tyson Fury, the reigning WBC heavyweight champion, could pursue a lucrative match against Oleksandr Usyk. The unification bout could bring in both the fame and the fortune for the victor.
A highly anticipated showdown between Fury and Usyk was initially agreed upon. But unfortunately, negotiations fell through, leading to the cancellation of the bout in March 2023.
Following the disappointing turn of events, many have speculated that Anthony Joshua could step up and finally face off against Tyson.
While there are reports of a potential date set for Fury’s next fight on July 22nd, 2023. Joshua has made it clear that he won’t step into the ring until December 2023.
Names such as Andy Ruiz Jr and Zhilei Zhang have also been mentioned as potential opponents for Tyson. But as is the nature of boxing, nothing is certain until both fighters actually step into the ring!
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