During the broadcast for Jose Pedraza and Richard Commey fightMark Kriegel uncertainly told ESPN that an undisputed fight between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk “will happen, but we’re unlikely to see both in the ring this year.
Live Talk to the ESPN Team, the journalist and author spoke without a doubt when asked about the war. He has revealed the latest from his sources, including Fury promoter Bob Arum.
“Where is the source of the contention that leads to all the great wars? The wallet is separated. Is it 70-30, 60-40? This ratio will be 50-50. I spoke with Bob Arum today. He said it was a given. My other sources agree. So we have a completely different point of contention, or so to speak. That’s welcome news, proof to me that the war is going to happen. “
Kriegel then cast doubt on rumors that the fight would be held in December of this year but offered some hope that fans wouldn’t have to wait much longer. The targeted date is in the middle of one of the biggest events on the sports calendar.
“When is it now? You may have seen reports this week that Saudi Arabia wants to hold it in December. Don’t hold your breath for that. Quote, ‘very unlikely,’ according to Arum and others I spoke to. Possible date now: February , Super Bowl weekend, or maybe a week later, maybe the Middle East, but not necessarily Saudi Arabia. Remember, there’s also Abu Dhabi, maybe a player, Qatar can be a player, and still a shot outside that the UK has. “
“It won’t be at Wembley. Don’t listen to those things. It is winter. You know, you need to protect the gladiators from the elements. That would be an 80,000-seat indoor stadium in Cardiff, if it were the UK. “
British fighting fans will be disappointed to learn that the UK as the host nation is only an ‘outside shot’, however with great financial need from FuryIt’s hardly a surprise.
As more news and details are revealed, we take small steps to see the news first Undisputed heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis.