Tyson Fury’s hopes of becoming the undisputed heavyweight world champion have been dashed.
According to Eddie Hearn, the Gypsy King was expected to fight Oleksandr Usik and unite the division, but the Ukrainian will face Anthony Joshua in an April rematch.
AJ was brutally beaten up by Usyk in September and his WBA, WBO and IBF belts snatched from him.
But Britt swiftly introduced a rematch clause and his promoter Hearn said it would happen in the first few months of 2022 – despite talk of AJ splitting up.
The head of the matchroom told IFL TV: “We have to work out a date together.
“April is realistic for that fight.
“AJ is the type who fights twice a year, and sometimes we think it’s good to fight three times a year.
“We have had offers from all over the world, but I think the UK will stage that fight.”
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Dillian White has been mandated to Fury’s WBC belt, which Hearn says ends all talks of AJ’s separation in order to allow Fury and Usyk to meet next.
The 42-year-old, based in Essex, said: “We have to sit together [Usyk’s manager] Alex Krasiuk.
“We’ll get Christmas out of the way and we’ll start moving forward with it because it’s time to start planning.
“Obviously, there were some discussions about parting ways and those kind of fights, so we’ll have to see.
“But that’s a lot less likely now because of White’s situation, which AJ is pleased with.
“He didn’t want to have those conversations until I presented them to him.
“So if it isn’t, he goes on with what he wants, which is the Usyak rematch.
“Once White has called the fight, he is, in fact, in that position and should be respected even in that position.”
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