TYSON FURY expects to fight in the UK before the end of the year – but not Oleksandr Usyk.
Once 35-year-old Ukrainian ace Anthony Joshua defeated for a second time in Jeddah on August 20, Saudi Arabia attempted to set up an undisputed decider with the WBC Gypsy King on December 17.
The exact date and a willingness to spend up to £125million have been designed to eclipse rival neighbors Qatar, who host the World Cup final on December 18.
But grueling camp WBA, IBF and WBO boss Usyk has prevailed for the points win, and his desire to spend time with his young family in his war-torn home has pushed back the date.
Fury’s American supporters would prefer to see the 6ft 9in 19th showman compete in their iconic Super Bowl weekend on February 11-12.
So once promoter Frank Warren finds a suitable opponent, he’s now hoping to squeeze in a quick home money-turning defense – which will also allow Usyk to heal – before hopefully sealing the four-belt showdown.
After another WWE cameo in Cardiff, the 34-year-old Morecambe ace said: “I’m going to fight very soon. I don’t know against whom, we’re still looking for an opponent.
“I will be fighting here in the UK for the next few months.
“Usyk will not be ready, he does not want to fight. I will fight anyone who is available.
“Whoever Frank Warren gets for me, I will defend my WBC belt against.”
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Fury likes to refer to former undisputed cruiserweight king Usyk as “the middleweight” after boxing in that division as an amateur for a short stint.
It follows on from nicknamed 32-year-old AJ “The Bodybuilder” and helps roll the insults and trash talk off his tongue.
After a choreographed punch to one of the American grapplers in Wales, he roared, “I saw a video of the middleweight guy who just punched the bodybuilder and said he wanted to fight me and he called me out after the fight.
“I replied straight away and recently did another one to say, ‘Let’s fight,’ but he doesn’t want to fight.
“He let go of his mouth but now he’s running scared like the little b**** that he is, he says he wants to fight next year, he’s got some injuries from that sparring competition he’s had so there’s no such thing much i can do about it.
“I would go middleweight because for me it’s the easiest fight out there.
“I’m not very keen on being uncontested, never have been and never will be.
“However, if you have a pumped middleweight guy that people think is a great boxer – even if I don’t really rate him myself – then that’s the fight for money and the fight that people want to see now.
“I don’t want to say anything to him other than ‘find your balls and come to me you s***house’.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6147258/tyson-fury-next-fight-title-defence-usyk/ Fury vows to fight in money-hungry defense before the end of 2022 in the UK ahead of a clash with Usyk