Oleksandr Usyk wants to fight just one person – and that’s Tyson Fury.
The three-belt heavyweight champion made it clear that he and his team are continuously working on securing a fight with Fury, who holds the WBC belt.
“Right now my team is seeking conversations with Tyson Fury, and he is really an unpredictable person, so we can’t guarantee when,” Usyk said at a Web Summit in Lisbon.
“For me, the idea would be to fight maybe early February or the beginning of March, like March 4, because I am an orthodox Christian. During the great fasting before Easter I do not fight, so it should be all before or then after orthodox Easter [which is on April 16].
“I want to fight with Fury because I need the fourth belt, and I don’t want to fight with anyone else until I have the fourth belt.”
Usyk was slated to face Fury in an undisputed title fight in February – during Super Bowl weekend – but those plans fell apart when Fury began to pursue other options like Anthony Joshua and former rival Derek Chisora.
Fury ultimately worked out a trilogy fight with Chisora on December 3 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Usyk wanted to take the rest of the year off.
But once this fight is back in the works, it’ll likely land in the Middle East, though Usyk would prefer it in his home country.
“The organizers are trying to figure out where they can earn more money. For me, yes, I would really like to fight in Ukraine. The country is really capable of hosting this kind of fight,” Usyk said.
“I would be really happy to see it happen in the Olympic Arena in Ukraine. But it is not me who chooses the venue, so I guess it will be Saudi Arabia [this time].”
The last undisputed heavyweight champion was Lennox Lewis, who reigned from 1999 to 2000.