Tyson Fury’s two promoters are split on whether or not it will be possible to convince Anthony Joshua step aside and allow Fury to fight Oleksandr Usyk next.
Fury and Usyk are the two heavyweight world champions, and could finally unify the division if they put all four major world titles on the line.
And last week, Joshua surprised the boxing world when he said he would consider a particularly good deal to allow the undisputed fight to happen.
Joshua is currently preparing for his contractually obligated rematch with Usyk, but could be tempted by a money-spinning offer from Fury’s side.
However, Fury’s American promoter Bob Arum believes that Dillian Whyte’s position as WBC mandatory will make the type of deal Joshua needs impossible.
He believes Whyte would need to be guaranteed the first fight against the undisputed champion, meaning a deal with Joshua couldn’t be agreed.
“But Joshua’s not going to step aside unless he’s guaranteed the winner of Fury vs Usyk, and how anybody assure him of that when Whyte’s in the mandatory position?
“So the way I think it’s going to fall out is Fury vs Whyte and I think [we should do] that fight in the United Kingdom.”
However, there was a glimmer of hope from Fury’s UK promoter Frank Warren, who insists talks are underway to have the Usyk fight made.
He watched Joshua’s interview, and believes there is still a chance that the undisputed fight could be made under the right circumstances.
“Everyone wants to see him [Tyson Fury] and Usyk,” Warren said in an interview with iFL TV. “AJ, I’ve seen his interview last week, which is a little bit confusing.
“If you listen to it and what he’s saying, he’s basically saying, ‘If I get the right money, I’ll step aside.’
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“So that’s really where we got to get to as a team. That’s the Tyson Fury team, and we’re all working hard to make that happen, and it may just happen.”
Warren believes that should the undisputed bout not take place, that Fury will fight in the UK in the early part of next year.
Fury has insisted that he will fight by late February or early March, saying he won’t accept anything less from his promotional team.
“If [the Usyk fight happens], Tyson will meet him, and the four belts will be on the line,” Warren continued. “And I hope that’s going to be the case.
“If it doesn’t for any reason, we’ve got to move to Plan B, and Plan B would be to fight here in the UK in March with an opponent that Tyson feels comfortable with.”