Talks between Tyson Fury’s camp and Oleksandr Usyk’s camp over a potential heavyweight match have dragged on for a little longer than they should have. Fury has recently stated in a brutal remark that he will not fight Anthony Joshua even if the bout with Osyk does not go ahead.
Eddie Hearn says Anthony Joshua will step in and fight Tyson Fury this summer if his undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk fails to happen on April 29th 🤷♂️
— 🎙LoveBoxingTV (@LoveBoxingTV) February 15, 2023
The Gypsy King has not fought since his December victory over Derek Chisora. Boxing fans around the world are anticipating the formal announcement of Fury’s next big fight which is most likely to be against The Ukrainian boxer.
In a recent interview with SPORTbible, The Gipsy King provided an update on his upcoming fight with Osyk, discussed who he would like to face if that fight is unsuccessful, and his strategy for how he would like to go with a possible fight against Francis Ngannou.
However, the heavyweight champion clearly mentioned he doesn’t want to fight Anthony Joshua. The British boxer does not have any interest in fighting his native English fighter anymore saying he’s dead in his eyes.
“There’s no business between me and him to be done. Finished. From 2017 to, however long it’s been, 2022 – trying to make a fight. So, it’s not happening.” Fury said.
— ACE TV BOXING (@acetvboxing) February 16, 2023
AJ, who has lost twice in a row to Oleksandr Usyk, is hoping to return to the ring and regain his form in a bout against heavyweight Jermaine Franklin on April 1 in London. The two boxers have already agreed on the terms and conditions of the fight.
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) February 11, 2023
Fury has shown absolutely no interest in fighting AJ, but he would be quite interested in facing former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou if a bout with Usyk doesn’t happen within the next month.
“My offer to Ngannou is on the table. Like I said, if Usyk don’t fight then I’ll be looking to make the Ngannou fight. I’m going to do a two-fight deal in a boxing ring and in the cage. I’ve never asked him to fight in the boxing ring. I always said the cage. The deal was cage, four-ounce gloves – let’s get it on.”
Francis Ngannou accepts Tyson Fury's proposed rules 👀 pic.twitter.com/xBsOV6Ocol
— MMA Fighting (@MMAFighting) February 6, 2023
In response to Fury’s proposition, the French-Cameroonian mixed martial arts fighter, who is widely regarded as the scariest fighter in the history of the UFC, expressed positive interest by saying that he has no concerns about switching to boxing and taking on Tyson Fury.