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Tyson Fury instructs Frank Warren to make undisputed clash with Oleksandr Usyk next

It has felt like an eternity to get there, but at long last the coast is finally clear for heavyweight boxing to crown its first undisputed champion in over two decades.

Oleksandr Usyk‘s hard-fought victory over Anthony Joshua in Jeddah on Saturday night, which kept the WBA (super), WBO and IBF titles firmly in his possession, has teed up a fascinating showdown with WBC chief Tyson Fury for all the marbles in the sport’s blue-riband division – a unique bout which hasn’t been contested since 2000.

There is no reason why the two champions should not battle it out for heavyweight supremacy next. No hurdles blocking the path to undisputed remain after Fury comfortably brushed aside his latest mandatory challenger, Dillian Whyte, back in April and Usyk fulfilled his rematch obligations with Joshua at the weekend.

Oleksandr Usyk is in possession of three world heavyweight titles

Tyson Fury holds the final fourth belt

Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury are poised to meet for the undisputed heavyweight title

Usyk beat Anthony Joshua for a second time on Saturday night to clear the coast to face Fury

Usyk beat Anthony Joshua for a second time on Saturday night to clear the coast to face Fury

The Gypsy King claimed to have retired after that knockout of Whyte at Wembley, insisting he is walking away from boxing while perched at its summit. Yet whatever the result in Saudi Arabia, that was simply never going to last.

Predictably, Fury couldn’t resist throwing down the gauntlet to Usyk after his win against Joshua, branding both men ‘f****** s***’ and urging promoters to ‘get your f***ing chequebook out’ to tempt him out of retirement.

Usyk, too, seems pretty adamant that he won’t lace up a pair of gloves again if Fury is not his next opponent.  

Fury’s promoter Frank Warren sees no reason why the pair cannot meet next, telling talkSPORT that a 50/50 split has already been agreed, with a site deal all that’s left to finalise.

‘At the end of the day, it’s where the most money can be generated,’ Warren said.

‘There would [be huge demand to have it in the UK], but where would you put it on? We wouldn’t be able to put it on until next year.

Fury has already reversed his decision to retire and thrown down the gauntlet to Usyk

Fury has already reversed his decision to retire and thrown down the gauntlet to Usyk

‘It’s no good going to the Millennium Stadium, it doesn’t hold the same amount of people as Wembley does and can’t generate the same money. If it were to go on in the UK it needs to be Wembley and it can’t go on until the end of April or May next year.

‘We want to get it on before then. While everybody is hot to trot and there are no mandatories force on in the mean time.’

When asked about the Middle East, Warren added: ‘If it were to go to the Middle East, it makes it better because of the time of year as it won’t be so hot.

‘There would be a lot of people over there because people will be over there for the World Cup. I think people will travel for this fight from the UK.

‘Would it be better for us for it to go on at Wembley? Of course, you can imagine the atmosphere and you’d sell out immediately.

‘The money these guys are talking about, it just won’t work.

‘This is a once in a lifetime fight. This is the Thriller in Manila, this is the Rumble in the Jungle.

‘This is a big fight that not just the Middle East but other parts of the world would be interested in hosting.’

Warren also revealed that Fury has personally urged him to make the fight with Usyk next, saying: ‘I just got off the phone with Tyson and he wants this. He told me to get the fight done.

‘He realises the significance of this fight, as does Usyk, they are determined where they can generate the most money.’  

He also added: ‘We had talks before the fight with Usyk’s camp. We met with them three or four weeks ago, there’s no problems with them,’ Warren continued.

‘The good thing about this is there are no rival TV companies involved, they don’t have any promotional ties.

‘The terms of the deal are really simple, it will be a 50/50 split, but it’s where we can generate the most income to make it work.

‘It’s an easier fight to make instead of Joshua because there are not rival promoters involved. Usyk’s people are free agents and that’s not a problem.

The Gypsy King has instructed Frank Warren to get an undisputed fight with Usyk over the line

The Gypsy King has instructed Frank Warren to get an undisputed fight with Usyk over the line

Warren believes the fight would be too big to stage in the UK, with the Middle East more likely

Warren believes the fight would be too big to stage in the UK, with the Middle East more likely

‘Regarding whether there will be a rematch, I don’t know really. It depends what package is put together.

‘What I’m focused on is getting the fight on. That’s the one we want to see.’

Fury has taken to Instagram to clarify his demands for a potential showdown with Usyk, insisting he still wants an eye-watering £500m to return and face the former undisputed cruiserweight king.

‘The [world’s] biggest fight has to be the worlds biggest money,’ he wrote.

‘If im to put all on the line vs some unknown foreigner – boys better get that half billy.

‘If not keep the little mug – if it was AJ it would of been free but its not’.

Unlike when he agreed a two-fight deal with Joshua last year, Fury does not have to worry about a last-gasp Deontay Wilder arbitration thwarting his undisputed plans this time around. If he informs the WBC of his decision to fight on by Friday, all roads lead to the Brit and Usyk slugging it out for all four belts.

Sportsmail revealed on Sunday that talks are already underway for the heavyweight champions to collide in the Middle East on December 17, one day before the World Cup final in neighbouring Qatar.

Usyk against Fury is one of the best fights that can be made in world boxing right now

Usyk against Fury is one of the best fights that can be made in world boxing right now

While he will have to lower his demand for £500m, Fury can still expect to earn in the region of £50m from a fight package worth £125m if his proposed bout against Usyk materialises.

Though given both fighters’ willingness to make it happen, it is more a question of ‘when’ than ‘if’.

While British fans have long salivated over the prospect of a Fury vs Joshua mega-bout, a dream proposition which now appears dead in the water, the former against Usyk is a more than satisfying consolation between two of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the sport.

It may not be as commercially appealing, but as a contest alone there are not many of higher calibre out there. The latter, a pugilistic genius who is still yet to touch the canvas in his career, is the only heavyweight capable of beating Fury, while Fury is perhaps the only fighter talented enough and big enough to topple Usyk.

Their meeting would be an extremely difficult one to call. And with a rematch clause likely to be included for the loser, don’t bet against them needing a third fight to settle the score.

Rematch obligations have prevented the likes of Fury, Joshua, Wilder and Usyk from competing to be king of the division for a number of years. Now, with the road to undisputed the clearest its been for 22 years, we are closer than ever to discovering the leading heavyweight of this generation.


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