The latest man to become undisputed in the heavyweight division, Lennox Lewis, has asked Alexander Usyk and Tyson Fury to reach an agreement.
There is talk of all the balls being on the line for Usyk vs. Fury, as the former defeated Anthony Joshua convincingly for the second time.
Most boxing fans see the Usyk-Fury clash as the final piece of the top division puzzle.
Lewis agrees. He said, “Hey Tyson Fury and Alexander Usyk, can we finally give the fans an undisputed heavyweight title fight?”
“Nineteen years is a long time. The fans deserve it. Let’s hack it!”
While the negotiations are seemingly straightforward for a 50-50 fight like AJ’s rematch, respected boxing writer Mark Kriegel offered an update.
According to Kriegel, the event is planned to be postponed.
He believes Susik vs. Fury will take place around February, not December as originally hoped. Kriegel spoke with Bob Arum, who offered an update.
Arum named the Middle East as the most likely destination, with Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE on the radar.
Usyk vs. Fury delay
WBN understands that the decision to suspend Fury may fulfill obligations to World Wrestling Entertainment. It kicks off this week at the Battle in the Castle pay-per-view in Cardiff.
Fury addresses Usyk in the media. However, the “Gypsy King” was very dismissive of the extraordinary pound-for-pound abilities of the Ukrainian.
“That whole ‘pound-for-pound legendary status’ thing – I don’t rate it. He’ll hide well,” Fury told talkSPORT.
“Let me tell you. I could beat Usyk in a week’s training because he medium weight. I will punch him. It’s an easy fight.”
Not so, according to Klitschko’s former manager Bernd Boente, who spoke exclusively to World Boxing News.
Boente expects Usyk to give Fury problems when the steam finally tapers off in 2023.
“Aleksandr Usyk is the number one pound-for-pound in boxing,” Boente told WBN after coverage of the rematch on DAZN Germany.
“A special fighter like him also has a chance against Fury. Usyk has proven that he is good enough and big enough for the heavyweight division and knows how to fight big men.
“Usik has to make some adjustments, but he is extremely experienced. He has good nerves, he can move for twelve rounds, he is fast and flexible.
“I believe that Usyk’s ‘hold and move’ tactics can also cause big problems for a smart fighter like Tyson Fury.”
Let’s get started!
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