Fury-WBO President Engage In War Of Words
Tyson Fury is not listed in the WBO rankings, and finds it a bit silly that Oleksandr Usyk is the mandatory challenger for their world heavyweight title.
Fury’s furor towards the WBO’s President Paco Valcarcel for the governing body floated the idea of facing heavyweight prospect Bakhodir Jaolov.
That coupled with being removed from the top spot in the WBO rankings for former undisputed cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, drove Fury to speak out.
“Maybe [I would listen to you] if you hadn’t removed me from number 1 ranked WBO! And put in some cruiserweight bum with one fight at heavyweight, then you could have a say,” Fury stated in an article published by Boxing Scene.
Usyk, who has had only one fight at heavyweight, was installed as the mandatory challenger after vacating his undisputed cruiserweight championship, and moving up a weight class. The WBO’s rules indicate if one champion vacates a title and moves up to the next weight class, that they can reserve the right to be made mandatory challenger.
Another issue Valcarcel explained was timing. As Fury had been contractually obligated for fights outside of the WBO’s control, primarily his rematch against Deontay Wilder on February 22nd for the WBC world heavyweight championship in Las Vegas.
“Champ we respect you a lot, but you aren’t available… that’s the reason WBO removed you from the rankings. By the way champ, good luck,” Valcarcel stated.