Tyson Fury faces ONE YEAR lay off with champ set to snub summer return to wait for Oleksandr Usyk fight in December
TYSON FURY faces ONE YEAR out of the ring as he looks set to snub a summer return to wait out for Oleksandr Usyk in December.
The pair of unbeaten champions were on course to meet in the heavyweight division’s first ever four-belt unification bout.
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But talks collapsed at the 11th hour due to a row over the money split for a potential rematch.
As a result, Fury looked forced into a summer return fight against a challenger for his WBC title.
But as the clock ticks, talks have been ongoing on the background with boxing bosses in Saudi Arabia.
The Middle Eastern hosts want Fury to fight Usyk on the SAME NIGHT as Anthony Joshua, 33, against Deontay Wilder, 37.
And with so much money and legacy seemingly waiting for the Gypsy King, his US promoter Bob Arum revealed he could sit out for it.
Arum told Pro Box TV: “I really think any of the money that anybody’s talking about for that fight pales in comparison to what they could make in the Middle East.
“They’re waiting now, both fighters, for the end of the year, to fight each other in the middle east, because that’s where the big money is.
“Right now I think he’s going to wait, but with Tyson Fury it depends on how he wakes up in the morning.”
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Usyk, 36, was ordered into a WBA mandatory title defence against Daniel Dubois following his breakdown in talks with Fury, 34.
But no deal between the two camps was reached so the bout is set to go to purse bids on May 25.
Although if Dubois, 25, is unable to fight, the WBA will instead order Wilder into the fight with Usyk.
And despite talks ongoing for the American to face Joshua, his manager admitted they would consider switching their plans.
Shelly Finkel told Sky Sports: “If Deontay was offered the fight against Oleksandr Usyk, of course we would be interested.”
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