Tyson Fury targeting undisputed fight before leaving the sport
The boxing community waiting on the fight to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion has been an ongoing saga. WBC champion Tyson “Gypsy King” Fury (31-0-1, 22ko) wants to fight unified champion Oleksandr Usyk (19-0, 13ko) and Anthony “AJ” Joshua (24-2, 22ko) before leaving the sport.
STILL WAITING ON THE UNDISPUTED FIGHT
At the beginning of the year, the boxing community thought we were going to get a mega-fight between then unified champion Joshua and the Gypsy king. But, boxing fans had the rug pulled from up underneath them, when an arbitrator ruled that Fury must honor the trilogy fight agreement with Deontay Wilder.
This decision had a domino effect as Joshua elected to fight the WBO mandatory challenger in Usyk. This is where things went sideways, as Fury was successful in retaining the title by stopping Wilder in the eleventh round.
As fate was not so kind to Joshua, he suffered the second loss of his career, losing to Usyk via unanimous decision. Equally important, the former unified champion has invoked his rematch clause, pushing the heavyweight undisputed fight back even further.
THE TIME TO STRIKE IS NOW
Some inside the boxing community want Joshua to step aside and allow the fight for undisputed to take place. The plan would have to include AJ being guaranteed to get the winner next.
Furthermore, Fury is free to make the fight due to the nature of the WBC’s ruling on the mandatory status with Dillian “The Body Snatcher” Whyte. In 2020, he filed legal action against the WBC to enforce his mandatory status, a move that has come back to haunt Whyte. The WBC declared the legal process must play out first before rendering a decision on the mandatory situation.
The Gypsy King would like to strike now while the opening is there for the taking. During an interview with Boxing Social, he laid out a two-fight plan that would end with him possibly walking away from the sport.
“I want to fight Usyk next, for all the belts, and that’s it really. Then he [Joshua] can fight the winner. That’s it, and I am done!”
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By: Garrisson Bland