Tyson Fury confirms in-ring return ‘imminent’ as Oleksandr Usyk’s undisputed heavyweight title talks continue
Tyson Fury has confirmed his return to the ring is “imminent” as talks continue over an undisputed heavyweight title fight with Oleksandr Usyk.
Fury was present at the AO Arena in Manchester for Sky Sports ticket office Chris Eubank Jr against the Liam Smith card on Saturday night, during which his sparring partner Joseph Parker is on the undercard.
The WBC title holder has been in talks for an undisputed fight with Usyk and has offered an exclusive update.
When asked when he will be back in the ring, Fury told Sky Sports: “Hopefully very soon.
“I don’t know when, but it’s imminent.
“I hope we see it in the next few months or whatever. I’m ready to rock and roll like always. I can’t wait for the challenge.
“You should ask all the promoters and lawyers how far we are and all that, but like I always say time and time again, we’re never in the ring until we’re in the ring and nothing is lit until you see me step into this ring.
“That’s how far we really are. You never know and saying you want to fight someone and actually doing it is very different.
“We have seen these big fights not happen in the past many times.
“Usyk seems to be up for it and there’s nothing more I can do, I’m doing what I’m doing and hopefully everything will be sorted out.”
Bob Arum, CEO of American Fury promoters Top Rank, revealed that the venue was the only remaining obstacle to confirming the fight, with the Middle East leading the race.
arum said Sky Sports News WBC king and WBA, WBO and IBF champion Usyk has agreed to the showdown and expects a slot to be finalized next week.
An unspecified country in the Middle East is the likely host of the highly anticipated contest due to the huge sums of money being talked about for the two boxers, but if that doesn’t happen, Wembley Stadium would be on the table.
“I’m very optimistic the fight is going to happen,” Arum said. Sky Sports News.
“Both fighters have agreed to do the fight, the question is the site and we’re talking in the Middle East because they’re supposedly going to find the biggest purse in boxing history.
“And if they do, that’s where the fight will go because money is money. If they don’t, both fighters will agree to make the fight this spring at Wembley… but the fight will take place in my opinion, certainly in the first four months of the year.
“Fighters want to do their best because a fighter’s career, no matter how great, is limited and they want to make as much money as possible.
“So that’s the only problem – where will the fight take place? I would believe next week that will be determined and then we’ll have an official announcement of the date and venue of the fight – but this fight is happening. “
Saudi Arabia has become a hotbed for large-scale boxing in recent years, including Usyk’s points win over Anthony Joshua in their rematch last August, despite Arum not being drawn in fate on the country that could host and added “a couple” are in talks.
If the promised purses don’t materialize, it could see a return to Wembley where Fury defended his WBC crown with a sixth-round stoppage of national rival Dillian Whyte last April in front of a crowd of 95,000.
“To do 95,000 people at Wembley, which we did for the Dillian Whyte fight…a lot of my friends who went to that fight said it was one of their biggest, if not their biggest. great, experience of going to a sporting event,” says Arum.
“Now if it’s a unification match between Tyson and Usyk, it will be even more spectacular.”
Chris Eubank Jr vs Liam Smith is on Saturday January 21, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book it now if you are a Sky TV subscriber or one Not subscribed to Sky TV.
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