Via Jack Tiernan: Promoter Bob Arum is working on a deal for Tyson Fury to take on Oleksander Usyk in an undisputed middleweight heavyweight bout starring Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn sounded like a stick in the mud on Wednesday, expressing skepticism about the undisputed Fury-Usyk clash going on.
To be sure, Joshua won’t get the Usyk rematch he wants, but it would be in his favor if he didn’t make it.
Anger to solve Joshua’s problems
The amount of money Joshua can make for the fight between winner Fury and Usyk will be out of this world good, and the attention AJ gets from this fight will be priceless.
If Joshua beats winner Fury-Usyk, he’ll be back at #1 in the heavyweight category as the best boxer on the planet.
Fury can solve Joshua’s problems by defeating Usyk, and then AJ can face ‘The Gyspy King’ in a big battle in England or the Middle East in the summer. In terms of business, this is the ideal path to take.
Arum is expected to have a clearer picture this Friday of whether he will successfully put Fury and Fury’s undisputed clash against one another.
That’s the fight the boxing world wants to see right now. Joshua and Whyte are more of a barrier in the fight fans want to see between undefeated world champions Fury and Usyk.
No wonder the negotiations are so complicated, and Arum is doing a bit of grumbling in the process.
One can imagine the amount of money Joshua (24-2, 22 KOs) and Whyte (28-2, 19 KOs) would ask to put aside, but it would work better for them if they did.
As things are going, Whyte’s chances of beating WBC champion Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) in March or April are virtually nil. If that fight happens, Whyte will make a lot of money, but he will almost certainly be deliciously defeated.
It would be better for Whyte wait until the smoke clears from the battle Fury vs. Usyk before fighting for the world title against the last man standing.
That could have something to do with Whyte waiting for Joshua to face winner Fury-Usyk, but we’re still talking about him hitting his shot in early 2023.
If it happens, Joshua avoids career-ending losses to IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Usyk (19-0, 13 KOs) whose promoter Eddie Hearn is currently guiding him in pursuit of.
“What’s happening is just promise out of the Middle East about doing a unified fight with Usyk and Fury, and will Dillian Whyte step aside? ” Arum said to TalkSport.
“And people with absolutely no contract ties – like Frank Warren’s Queensberry and our Top Rated – are joining in.”
Arum hopes the situation will be resolved by Friday
“It’s kind of a typical horrible situation, but hopefully it will be resolved, and maybe it will be arranged with a wallet bid on Friday. ”
“I have absolutely no idea,” Arum said of who Fury will fight next. “Who are these people in the Middle East? And what is their support and all that? That’s not clear,” Arum said.
Even if a fight between Fury and Usyk doesn’t happen, it’s unknown if Tyson will face WBC’s obligatory Whyte.
There’s been a lot of opposition on Hearn and Whyte’s part about the 80/20 split for the fight against Fury, and they’re still pushing the World Boxing Council to raise that number to 55/45.
Arum said Robert Helenius and Manuel Charr could be a Plan-B opponent for Fury’s next fight on March 26. If Fury vacates his WBC title, Whyte will likely be elevated by the sanctioning body to an all-round champion. .
The amount of money Fury was able to make against winner Joshua-Usyk 2 makes it too risky for him to take on Whyte.