“The deadline is set. The clock is ticking.” The Tyson Fury-Oleksandr Usyk fight may not happen

Posted on 18/03/2023

By: Sean Crose

Tyson Fury has announced he is training for the bout he says will take place in April at Wembley Stadium in London. However, Fury’s opponents have indicated that the fight may not be over. WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Olkesandr Usyk tweeted on Saturday: “The score for a (contractual) deal has been sent to Fury’s side. “The deadline has been set. The clock is ticking. the ball is on #belly greedparty’s now. We did everything in our power to make it happen @Tyson_Fury.” It turned out to be a scenario, leading to the much-anticipated showdown between Usyk and the WBC and the online heavyweight champion Fury has.

At stake will be the undisputed heavyweight championship of the world – if the game really goes downhill. Honestly, it would be ridiculous if this war didn’t happen. Both Fury and Usyk looked eager to get into the ring just a few months ago. Since then, weeks have passed with no results. Last week, WBA honoree Gilberto Mendoza indicated that terms had been agreed. However, a few days later, Fury pointed out that Team Usyk was trying to push the rematch clause. Usyk later replied that it was Team Fury who first offered the rematch clause.

While some blamed Fury for the delay while others blamed Usyk, two things remained clear. The first is that the war has not yet been signed. The second is that only the players themselves know what is or isn’t happening behind the scenes. There’s no doubt, however, that a Fury-Usyk fight would be good for boxing. After all, there hasn’t been an undisputed heavyweight champion since the reign of Lennox Lewis. Boxing can really use a single heavyweight king right now, instead of a bunch of opponents. Simply put, the sport needs clarity in its heavyweight division.

Meanwhile, the war remained in limbo. Sports sky wrote that “the targeted date for the fight was April 29, with Usyk’s team adamant that the terms they had agreed would only be in effect for a contest on that date.” The clock, then, is actually ticking. Of course, the fight could be pushed back to a later date, but it really doesn’t seem necessary to do that. The sport has seen enough nonsense. Bad enough that an Errol Spence-Terence Crawford fight may never materialize. Fans don’t need to see Fury-Usyk disbanding either.

Perhaps Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia, two exciting young boxers, are the lead to set an example. Their own Superfight was signed in May.


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