Arum: Fury Could Fight Joshua After Usyk Despite Rematch Clause

Bob Arum has said Tyson Fury could box Anthony Joshua after his Oleksandr Usyk fight, even with a rematch clause in place.

Fury faces Usyk on May 18 for the chance to become boxing’s first Undisputed Heavyweight Champion since 1999 when Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield. Both fighters are undefeated, making the winner the best of his era. Joshua has been waiting in the wings since knocking out Francis Ngannou.

The narrative before the Ngannou fight was that the victor would face the winner of Fury-Usyk. However, there is a rematch clause in place. The undisputed champ is expected to defend his IBF belt against either Filip Hrgovic or Daniel Dubois, who face off in an IBF Heavyweight Interim clash on June 1. The IBF must decide whether to strip the winner if they take the rematch instead. But Arum has now said Joshua could face Fury anyway, with Usyk being given a step-aside deal.

“If he beats Usyk and fights Usyk again and beats him and then does a massive fight hopefully in the UK at Wembley Stadium against Joshua, that would really put an exclamation point to his great career. And maybe if Fury is successful they can make it worthwhile to Usyk to step aside to allow a Joshua fight to happen this year…The Saudis also, with having all this money, who can dictate the place, are also very intelligent. And they would, I think, like nothing more than to do that fight in Wembley with 95,000 people where they were the promoters,” Arum said

A Fury-Joshua fight is on the cards, regardless of who wins against Fury-Usyk. If Usyk wins, Joshua would still likely face Fury first since fans have seen AJ lose twice to the Ukrainian. If Fury were to come out victorious, he would be in a better position to make Usyk wait while he deals with Joshua.

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