Fury vows to fight in UK before end of 2022 in domestic money-spinning defence before unification clash with Usyk


TYSON FURY reckons he fights in the UK before the end of the year – but not against Oleksandr Usyk.

As soon as the 35-year-old Ukraine ace beat Anthony Joshua for the second time, in Jeddah on August 20, Saudi Arabia started trying to arrange an undisputed decider with the WBC Gypsy King on December 17.

Tyson Fury has vowed to fight in the UK before the end of 2022


Tyson Fury has vowed to fight in the UK before the end of 2022Credit: Reuters
He is looking at a domestic title defence before facing Oleksandr Usyk next year


He is looking at a domestic title defence before facing Oleksandr Usyk next yearCredit: AFP

The specific date and willingness to spend up to £125million were designed to upstage rival neighbours Qatar, who host the World Cup final on December 18.

But the gruelling camp WBA, IBF and WBO boss Usyk put himself through for the points win, and his desire to spend time with his young family in his wartorn home, has pushed the date back.

Fury’s American backers would prefer to see the 6ft 9in 19st showman compete on their iconic Super Bowl weekend over February 11 and 12.

So, once promoter Frank Warren finds a suitable foe, he now hopes to squeeze in a quick domestic money-spinning defence – which also allows Usyk to heal up – before hopefully sealing the four-belt showdown.

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Speaking in Cardiff after another WWE cameo performance, the 34-year-old Morecambe ace said: “I will be fighting very soon. I don’t know who against, we are still looking for an opponent.

“I will fight in the next few months here in the UK.

“Usyk will not be ready, he does not want to fight. I will fight whoever is available.

“Whoever Frank Warren gets for me, that is who I will be defending my WBC belt against.”


Fury likes labelling former undisputed cruiserweight king Usyk ‘the middleweight’ after the brief spell he spent boxing in that division as an amateur.

It follows on from him nicknaming 32-year-old AJ ‘the bodybuilder’ and helps the insults and trash talk roll of his tongue.

After a choreographed punch on one of the American grapplers in Wales, he roared: “I saw a video from the middleweight who just beat the bodybuilder, saying he wants to fight me and he called me out after the fight.

“I replied straight away and did another one recently to say ‘let’s fight’ but he doesn’t want to fight.

“He let his mouth go but now he’s running scared like the little b**** that he is, he says he wants to fight next year, he has some injuries from that sparring contest he had, so there is not a lot I can do about it.

“I would take the middleweight because it is the easiest fight out there for me.

“I am not greatly interested in being undisputed, never have been, never will be.

“However if you have a pumped up middleweight who people think is some great boxer – even though I don’t really rate him myself – then that is the money fight and the fight people want to see right now.

“I don’t want to say anything to him apart from ‘find your balls and come and see me, you s***house.’”


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