The Ukrainian is eyeing an undisputed title fight
Usyk wants to add the WBC heavyweight title to his collection. © Nick Potts / PA Images via Getty Images
WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight boxing champion Aleksandr Usyk has trained his sights on Tyson Fury as his only preferred opponent in a blockbuster clash early next year.
The Ukrainian has been away from the ring since beating Fury’s domestic rival Anthony Joshua for the second time in August when he earned a split decision win over the Brit in Jeddah.
Usyk’s win brought Fury out of retirement, but as the Crimean-born fighter ruled himself out of action for the rest of 2022 to spend time with his family, the ‘Gypsy King’ tried and failed to land a fight with Joshua before eventually settling on Derek Chisora at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 3.
The undefeated Fury is not expected to have problems seeing off Chisora for the third time in his storied career – and if that is the case, Usyk is clear on who the brash British fighter should face next.
“Right now, my team is seeking conversations with Tyson Fury, and he is really an unpredictable person, so we can’t guarantee when,” Usyk revealed from Lisbon while attending a Web Summit.
When I saw the message from @Tyson_Furypic.twitter.com/HJDZswBLTv
— Alexander Usyk (@usykaa) September 3, 2022
“For me, the idea would be to fight maybe early February or the beginning of March, like March 4, because I am an Orthodox Christian.
“During the great fasting before Easter I do not fight, so it should be all before or then after Orthodox Easter (April 16).”
Chasing greatness, Usyk is desperate to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the four-belt era, and doesn’t understand why Fury has agreed to meet Chisora.