Since Tyson Fury is on the move, it looks like Oleksandr Usyk doesn’t want to stay still either.
Usyk told Ring TV that he wants to fight the winner of the Deontay Wilder-Robert Helenius fight next.
“Wilder is a dangerous fighter, and that fight would most likely be in the United States,” said Usyk, who plans to be ringside for Wilder-Helenius in Brooklyn.
Fury was expected to take on Usyk for an undisputed heavyweight title fight, but Usyk won’t be fighting again until next year. Fury holds the WBC heavyweight title while Usyk claims the WBO, WBA and IBF.
Fury had called out Usyk, after he overcame former unified heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua for the second time, and said he would defeat the Ukrainian boxer. Usyk said he wants no other fight than Fury.
But it seems all of that has changed now.
Reports have been circulating that Fury-Joshua are just waiting for contracts to be sent and signed, in order to go ahead with the projected December 3 date. Fury offered Joshua a 60/40 revenue split and a December 3 fight date, which Joshua accepted over social media.
Fury’s co-promoter, Frank Warren, said that contracts are on the way.
Usyk’s manager, Egis Klimas, said that his client had no choice but to pursue another opponent.
“What happens when Joshua beats his a–?” Klimas said. “What will happen next? They will go to a rematch, which will push back the chance to have an undisputed world champion. I think Fury is most likely afraid of Usyk. Why does he run away from Usyk? Why? Because Fury sees danger in Usyk.
“Usyk wanted to fight Fury by the end of the year. You know what, we’re not running after him. We have three belts. He has one belt. Who cares? It’s a situation Fury created. Not Usyk.
“Usyk is the heavyweight world champion and look how many statements Fury has made these last few months,” Klimas added.
“He’s retiring, he’s not retiring, he’s fighting Usyk, he’s not Usyk,. And now he’s fighting Joshua. You really don’t know what Fury is going to do next.”