Fury, Usyk Unification Fight ‘Talks’ Emerge Ahead Of Joshua Showdown
Tyson Fury‘s promoter Bob Arum claims he has been in talks with Oleksandr Usyk‘s team regarding a potential mega-fight with the Ukrainian ahead of his rematch with Anthony Joshua.
Former cruiserweight champion Usyk, 35, stepped up in weight to strip Joshua, 32, of his WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight world titles at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last September.
The pair will run it back in Saudi Arabia later this month on August 20 with the winner expected to take on Fury in an undisputed session.
Fury is currently retired, but the chance to become the first undisputed heavyweight world champion since Lennox Lewis would be impossible for him to resist according to Arum.
“Well I’ll let you know in a few weeks when the Usyk-Joshua fight takes place,” he told Barbershop Conversations. “I’m hoping Usyk wins because I’ve talked with his people and I think they would be anxious to fight Tyson Fury and I would hope to do that fight in December, maybe, or early next year.
“[Joshua’s trainer] Robert Garcia is an excellent coach. He trains a lot of our fighters. We have great respect for him. Whether he can train a big heavyweight I just don’t know. I don’t know maybe it doesn’t matter, a fighter is a fighter. But again I’m not sure.
“But as far as being a confident trainer he’s one of the best.
“I don’t think he can turn Joshua into what Joshua isn’t.
“I just think Usyk is a much better fighter, much smarter fighter, much quicker fighter and I can’t see how Joshua can beat him. But heavyweights are heavyweights and so we could have a different result.
“I just think Usyk is a better talent and he’s certainly quicker than Joshua. I like Usyk in the fight. But again, could it go the other way? Probably.”