Tyson Fury ‘in talks’ to fight Anthony Joshua’s former sparring partner in Australia in August with Usyk scrap no closer
TYSON FURY is in talks for a fight in August in Australia against Demsey McKean, boxing manager Angelo Di Carlo said.
Fury has been searching for a summer return after talks to face Oleksandr Usyk in a title unification earlier in the year collapsed.
GettyTyson Fury pictured in Australia ahead of Joseph Parker’s fight[/caption]
Anthony Joshua pictured with ex-sparring partner Demsey McKean
The WBC champion is in Australia to support training partner and friend Joseph Parker, who fights Faiga Opel in Melbourne.
Fury claimed he is looking to fight in the region one day and could get his wish granted.
McKean’s manager Di Carlo claimed discussions have been ongoing for the unbeaten heavyweight to fight the Gypsy King.
He told The Herald Sun: “Chats began some time ago for Demsey to fight Tyson Fury in Australia and I think Demsey is the best option for the Gypsy King.
“We’re certainly keen to do the fight. We’ve had a good association with Matchroom and we have great respect for Eddie Hearn, but I’ll have more talks with Fury’s camp and see where that takes us.
“If Tyson Fury wants to fight in Australia, the logical option is to fight an Aussie fighter and talking to Fury’s people, they don’t want to fight a small heavyweight.
“We’ve been given a possible date to fight Fury in August, so hopefully we can make it happen.”
McKean, 32, is signed to Hearn’s Matchroom banner and is currently 22-0 with 14 knockouts.
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And he was hired as Anthony Joshua’s sparring before before the Brit’s loss to Usyk, 36, in September 2021.
McKean was also considered as an opponent for Joshua, 33, this year before Jermaine Franklin, 29, was ultimately selected.
But the Aussie could get his shot at the big time against Fury, who has not returned since beating Derek Chisora, 39, in December.
He was in talks for the heavyweight division’s first four-belt undisputed decider this year.
But the deal broke down amid a row over the potential split for a rematch between the two.
So Fury, 34, was looking to come back in the summer at Wembley but found very little available opponents available.
It led the two-time unbeaten champion to name Australia as a potential host for his very next bout.
Fury said: “I’m definitely keen, it may even be my next fight, over here. I just haven’t got an opponent yet, so we’re going to figure it out.
“Over the next few days we’re going to be travelling around to a few different states and looking at some potential venues for my next fight.
“Australians are always crazy boxing fans, so it would be great to get the Gypsy King Down Under.”
GettyTyson Fury and Joseph Parker together in Australia[/caption]