Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk fight deal almost agreed as talks with venues around world begin with promoters
TYSON FURY’s blockbuster undisputed fight with Oleksandr Usyk is on the verge of being finalised – and it could be announced next week.
Negotiations over a spring showdown resumed earlier this month after The Gypsy King retained his WBC heavyweight title with a tenth-round TKO victory over Derek Chisora.
REUTERSTyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk are on course to throw down early next year[/caption]
GETTYThe pair went to face-to-face at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium earlier this month[/caption]
GettyFury’s co-promoter Bob Arum has revealed a deal for the huge dust-up is almost finalised[/caption]
And Fury’s American promoter Bob Arum has revealed a site deal for the showdown is close to being finalised.
The Top Rank Boxing chief told Fight Hub TV: “We’re now fielding offers from around the world and hopefully by next week we’ll be able to have an announcement.”
Usyk‘s manager Egis Klimas revealed last week that the bout – which is expected to take place in the Middle East – was close to coming to fruition.
He said: “We are almost done.
“There is not much to talk, two heavyweights, the undisputed heavyweight championship bout, that’s what people need.
“Most likely, we are aiming for Saudi.”
It’s understood that Usyk vs Fury is being targeted for late February or early March as the latter is weighing up undergoing elbow surgery.
Fury and Usyk, 34 and 35 respectively, took part in a heated face-off after the former’s glorified sparring match with Chisora.
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Fury called undefeated Ukrainian every name under the sun but the slick southpaw remained stoic amid the verbal tirade.
And he’s relishing the stylistic showdown with the former undisputed cruiserweight king.
He told iFL TV: “Why isn’t this lad [Anthony Joshua] stepping up to the plate and taking on the challenge?”
“What does he want to fight Dillian Whyte for? He’s already beaten Dillian Whyte.
“Fight me, come to the party. It’s only a fight, isn’t it? You’ve already lost before.
“I can guarantee you, 100 per cent, it’s not happening.
“I’m looking to fight Usyk – Joshua’s nemesis, the man who’s got AJ’s kryptonite, the man who made him cry after the fight like a little girl.
“I’ll beat him, I’ll take that little sausage out.
“He ain’t got no kryptonite to me, he’s f** all to me, little f****r. I’m gonna make him dance.
“We’ll see how good he is. I’d like to get him in [Saudi Arabia] in February, make an example of him, and then give him a rematch and do it back at Wembley [Stadium].”
ReutersTyson Fury is champing at the bit to get his hands on Usyk[/caption]