Oleksandr Usyk isn’t mad that Tyson Fury is fighting Derek Chisora for the third time on December 3.
He finds it funny.
“At this time, at this moment, it makes me laugh about it,” Usyk told ESPN reporter Mark Kriegel through manager and translator Egis Klimas during the broadcast of Vasiliy Lomachenko’s fight against Jamaine Ortiz.
“Why is he doing this? … I think we already agreed with him to fight and now he’s running and saying that I don’t want to fight him … I know that [he’s scared of me.]”
Usyk, the WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion, said following his second victory against Anthony Joshua that a fight with WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is all that he wants.
But those plans got sidelined after Fury was in talks to fight Joshua, which eventually turned into a confirmed fight with Chisora. Fury has already defeated Chisora once in 2011 by unanimous decision and another in 2014 by 10th round stoppage.
Even Usyk went toe-to-toe with Chisora, defeated him by unanimous decision in 2020, which was his second fight as a heavyweight.
Usyk said though he wants a fight with Fury, he’s taking a break for the remainder of the year and will be back in the first part of 2023.
Still, Klimas said that a potential Usyk-Fury fight would happen either in the end of February or the beginning of March, likely in Saudi Arabia.
“He’s dangerous. He’s big. He’s a giant. He’s very smart. He knows what to do in the ring,” said Usyk. “I want to fight with him and we need to unify all of the titles,” Usyk added.