Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk: Negotiations for the undisputed heavyweight title clash will begin next week, according to Bob Arum.
Discussions for Tyson Fury's undisputed heavyweight title fight against Oleksandr Usyk will begin in the coming days.
Bob Arum, who promotes Fury alongside Frank Warren, told All Sports that he expects to meet Usyk and his representatives in New York on Thursday.
"Oleksandr Usyk is a very good friend of mine because he is Vasiliy Lomachenko's best friend. They share a manager in Egis Klimas, who is a very good friend of ours, and coincidentally, we [Top Rank] will be promoting Vasiliy's next fight on October 29 from Madison Square Garden "All Sports was informed by Arum.
"Egis and Oleksandr Usyk will be there, and without a doubt, I'll be having dinner with them, probably the Thursday night before the fight, and so I'll have a very long discussion with them about what their plans are and when it might be in their best interests to get the fight on."
"From previous conversations with both of them, I know they want to fight Tyson Fury."
Usyk, who defeated Anthony Joshua twice in a row, holds the unified WBO, WBA, and IBF heavyweight titles, while Fury is the reigning WBC champion.
A fight between the two would pit the world's best heavyweights against each other, resulting in an undisputed champion.
"If there's anyone around who has a good, good chance with Tyson Fury, it's Oleksandr Usyk," Arum added.
Nothing, however, would be finalized or signed until after Fury's title defense against Dereck Chisora on December 3 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.
"Chisora was not chosen for Tyson by Frank Warren and myself out of the blue," Arum explained. "People tend to forget, yes, Chisora lost twice to Tyson early on, but remember his fight with Usyk where he gave Usyk life and death in that fight and then many thought he might have eked out a victory."
"Fight a guy who went in with Usyk and carried him into deep waters if you're going to fight him."
"Chisora is not a pushover. Chisora has shown tremendous punching power, and if you lose concentration and he hits you in the right place on the chin, regardless of Tyson Fury's chin, it's dangerous."
The promoter, on the other hand, is adamant that Fury vs Usyk will take place at some point.
"We're not signing anything until the Chisora fight is finished," Arum stated. "I don't count my chickens until they hatch. I'll wait until that fight is over."
"I'm confident that between Frank Warren and myself, we'll get it over the line," he said.
Arum is also convinced that, despite talks of retirement earlier this year, Fury will fight for many more years.
"I never believed him when he said he was retiring," the promoter said. "Although I believe he was sincere when he said it, I believe he realized that boxing is like a drug to an addict. Because it keeps him going and gives him a reason to exist. For years, I've regarded Fury as someone who will fight for as long as he is able.
"This is extremely important for his mental health."
Fury, according to Arum: "He's unusual for a heavyweight because he's so big, a great boxer, and he can take a great punch and knock out an opponent.
"He has all the tools, and even if some of them start to deteriorate, as they will in three or four years, he will still have enough to keep going. Like George Foreman, who defeated Michael Moorer for the heavyweight title at the age of 45.
"Talk about a larger-than-life character. This guy is one of a kind."