Oleksandr Usyk Is Still A Potential Opponent For Tyson Fury, Bob Arum Says

The heavyweight division is in “total chaos.”

That’s how Tyson Fury’s co-promoter Bob Arum describes it after revealing that Fury and Oleksandr Usyk are still in ongoing negotiations. But he isn’t all that optimistic that it’ll happen.

“It is total chaos,” Arum told talkSPORT.

“What’s happening is just promises coming out of the Middle East about doing a unified fight with Usyk and Fury, and is Dillian Whyte gonna step aside.”

Meanwhile, the WBC has ordered Fury, the WBC heavyweight king, to face Whyte, the interim champ. Their purse bid has been delayed two times; it’s now scheduled to happen on Friday.

Whyte also still remains in a legal battle with the WBC over his title shot. The sanctioning body ruled that the fight would be an 80/20 purse split in favor of Fury.

Whyte’s team have been arguing for a more balanced split of 55/45. Whyte’s promoter Eddie Hearn said they intend to appeal it and “fight for his rights.”

On the other side, Usyk is tied to a contracted rematch with former unified champion Anthony Joshua.

When asked who Fury will fight next – Whyte or Usyk – he said, “I have absolutely no idea.”

“… It’s a typical terrible kind of situation, but hopefully it’ll get sorted out and probably it will get sorted out with a purse bid on Friday.”

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