The two boxers reached an agreement to fight for the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world after months of negotiations. However, before that can happen, Fury must overcome Francis Ngannou on October 28th, 2023. And provided that the Gypsy King does, as he is expected to do, then a bout with Usyk looks likely next.
However, Fury will need time to prepare and a period of recuperation, which would make it unlikely that the fight gets made before the year is out. Meanwhile, Usyk has also suggested something similar after confirming that he would require 14 weeks to get ready for the fight. That would take the preparation into next year, ruling out a fight anytime soon.
Oleksandr Usyk suggests Tyson Fury fight will need to be pushed back
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“I can’t say that everything’s OK, but I’m fine. Some wounds, old injuries need to be healed. Everything’s under control. I do my training sessions everyday, but I need 14 weeks for my camp. It would be enough time for me. The first weeks I’m doing my work that helps me to get ready for the training camp. Then I’m working hard for the next 12 weeks,” Usyk said
Much in the same way, Fury had hinted at something similar after an interaction with Derek Chisora. The latter has faced both Fury and Usyk in bouts that resulted in losses. This time around, though, Chisora managed to get behind the microphone. And when asked about the upcoming bout, this was Fury’s response.
“We’re not there yet Derek, but I will be the baddest man on the planet come April,” Fury
The reference to April indicated a bout next year, which would provide both fighters with plenty of preparation time. But until an official announcement is made, fans will have to wait a little longer.
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Will it ever happen 😮
— Chris Addiscomber (@CAddiscomber) October 20, 2023
It will be cancelled before it arrives….
— Asterism MS13 🌞 (@S829MLY) October 20, 2023