Tyson Fury’s undisputed super-fight with Oleksandr Usyk given fresh hope despite WBA ordering Daniel Dubois title bout
TYSON FURY’S undisputed super-fight with Oleksandr Usyk has been given a boost despite the WBA ordering Daniel Dubois into a title bout with the Ukrainian.
The pair of unbeaten champions are in talks for the heavyweight division’s first ever four-belt unification clash.
ReutersTyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk facing off[/caption]
But amid negotiations, the WBA ordered their 25-year-old “regular” champion and mandatory challenger Dubois to fight Usyk.
It led to fears the title defence would get in the way of an undisputed decider, set for the Middle East next year.
But promoter Frank Warren reassured fans that the unification would supersede any mandatory defence – leaving everything on track.
He told his Queensberry YouTube channel: “He [Dubois] is next in the rotation. It’s agreed by the governing bodies.
“He’s next, but obviously, a unification, which we’re working on, will take precedence. It will take priority.”
Usyk, 35, faced a similar situation when it was suggested the IBF could order him to fight No1 contender Filip Hrgovic, 30.
And Joe Joyce, 37, remains in line for a shot at his titles while standing as the WBO mandatory challenger.
Fury, 34, has named Brit Joyce, a former sparring partner of his, as a back-up alternative if talks with Usyk collapse.
He made the claim after beating Derek Chisora, 38, in round ten of their trilogy bout at Tottenham.
Fury said: “If it doesn’t happen, for X, Y or Z reasons, then we’ll have Joe Joyce at Wembley.
“If the Usyk one does happen, then I’ll do him and we’ll have Joe Joyce at Wembley as well. Why not?”
Joe Joyce and Tyson Fury have sparred each other before