Tyson Fury in talks to fight Oleksandr Usyk with both Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte stepping aside, claims Arum

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Tyson Fury in talks to fight Oleksandr Usyk with both Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte stepping aside, claims Arum

US Boxing promoter Bob Arum has claimed Tyson Fury and Alexander Usik are in talks over an undisputed heavyweight clash in the Middle East.

It will feature both Anthony Joshua and Dillian White stepping aside for a bout to move forward.

Fury is claimed to be in talks with Usyak over an undisputed conflict.

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Fury is claimed to be in talks with Usyak over an undisputed conflict.credits: PA
Joshua and Usik face off again in a rematch this year

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Joshua and Usik face off again in a rematch this yearcredit: Reuters
White is ordered to fight Fury, but he can part ways with Joshua.

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White is ordered to fight Fury, but he can part ways with Joshua.credit: Reuters

Joshua has exercised his rematch clause with Usik after being outpointed by the Ukrainian in September, while Fury prepares to take on White.

But according to Arum, both of those feuds could be put to an end in favor of an undisputed bout, as reported by talkSPORT.

Although Arum has indicated that there is no guarantee that an undeniable struggle for the ages between the two undefeated will proceed, negotiations are currently in ‘total chaos’.

He said: “It’s utter chaos. What’s happening are promises from the Middle East to do a unified fight with Usyk and Fury, and whether Dillian White is going to step aside.

He continued: “It’s a uniquely terrible type of situation, but hopefully it will be sorted out and probably sorted out with a purse bid on Friday.”

Arum was then asked who he believed would be Fury’s next rival, between Usyak or White.

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To which he replied: “I have absolutely no idea. Who are these people in the Middle East? And what is their support and all that? It’s not clear.”

He added: “No one talked to us about buying the rights or getting permission to proceed.”

Both Joshua and Eddie Hearn had previously confirmed that A.J. No Step aside, and still plans to fight Usyk in the spring.

Elsewhere Purse’s bids for Fury versus White have been delayed yet again, dealing another blow to that all-British clash.

According to World Boxing News, a date has been set for that fight, with Arum claiming that Frank Warren has booked the Principality Stadium in Cardiff for 26 March.

Fury is targeting Britain’s homecoming as his last five fights have taken place stateside.

More to follow…

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