The ‘Gypsy King’ will take on Ngannou on October 28th, 2023, in a fight where he is the overwhelming favorite. Ngannou will be making his boxing debut against the WBC heavyweight champion of the world in a fight where many have given him a puncher’s chance only. However, this fight did come at the expense of a fight with Usyk.
Fury and the Ukrainian could not agree on terms as talks broke down even though Usyk had publicly agreed to a 70-30 split. In the aftermath, the unified heavyweight champion defended his belts against Daniel Dubois. Following the victory, Usyk indicated his intention to face Fury. But the latter has recently confirmed that he has no interest in facing the biggest names, as the focus appears to be on securing the most lucrative fights. And yet, Arum wanted to see the two boxers face each other next.
“For me, no more screwing around – let’s fight an undisputed fight against Usyk, and see who is the best heavyweight out there,” Arum
The chances of the fight happening, though, are slim. Fury has stated that he would be willing to re-enter negotiations if Usyk changed his demands. But given that he had accepted a 70-30 split against him, there is not much leeway that Usyk could give despite Fury’s following comments.
“If Usyk is a good little boy, he might be an option but if he isn’t, he will just be another foreign middleweight that stays out in the cold. I will beat him, and I won’t even look for a body shot either. I will knock him out with a chin shot if that fight ever happens. If he is a good little boy and takes a small percentage of the superstar’s money then he will get a fight. If he wants big bucks. If he wants a seat at the king’s table then you’ve got to play ball with the master,” Fury