Boxing fans have become increasingly frustrated with the difficulties surrounding the organization of a match between Oleksandr Usyk and Tyson Fury, with Fury also choosing to participate in a less significant and unnecessary match against Derek Chisora.
In the meantime, news has emerged that the IBF will require Filip Hrgovic to serve as the mandatory challenger for Oleksandr Usyk, and Hrgovic and his team have made it clear that they will not grant Usyk an exemption and will insist on a face-off between the two.
This has the potential to disrupt plans for a match between Usyk and Fury to determine the absolute champion, but the situation recently shifted in favor of Usyk and Fury. The WBA, on the other hand, had the upper hand in regard to the next mandatory challenger, Daniel Dubois, who is represented by Frank Warren, a promoter who also represents Tyson Fury.
It seems that Warren will facilitate the Usyk-Fury match,
as confirmed by Fury's co-promoter Bob Arum.
“The two fighters have agreed to fight each other next,” Arum told Sky Sports. “With Fury and Usyk we’re dealing with two adults, not a lot of [garbage] back and forth.
“Usyk is a good friend of mine, he’s very intelligent. And Tyson is Superman, both as an athlete and as an intellect. So they want the fight. Both of them want the fight and so there’ll be very little, if any, [messing] around.
“So we’ll be able to make that happen. I’m very, very confident. As I said, the fighters have both agreed to fight each other next without any interim fights”. said Arum. Now it remains for Fury and Usyk to agree on the division of money, the date and the location where they will box.
Arum gave some more information about it. “Now the question is what’s the date and what’s the site,” Arum said. “But that fight is definitely going to happen and it will happen in the first four months of next year.
“We are balancing a couple of significant offers from the Mid East and also there’s the possibility of doing the fight in the U.K. at Wembley with a massive 95,000 crowd in attendance. “Fighters have a relatively short life and money is important.
So if the money which has been proposed to us is real, that has to be taken into consideration”. “… [But] to go back to Wembley and do a fight before 95,000 people for me really stirs up the blood. It would be crazy. It would just be wonderful”.