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Tyson Fury scraps summer fight plans as promoter claims ‘big money’ Oleksandr Usyk bout is next

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum does not think Tyson Fury will return to the ring until the end of this year.

Top Rank chief Bob Arum has admitted that he cannot see Tyson Fury fighting more than once this year.

Fury had two fights in 2022 as he breezed past Dillian Whyte and Derek Chisora without really breaking a sweat.

'The Gypsy King' was scheduled to face Oleksandr Usyk in April but talks with the Ukrainian's team eventually broke down.

It is instead hoped that they will face off in Saudi Arabia in December.

The Middle East intend to stage Fury vs Usyk and Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder on the same night.

Andy Ruiz Jr and Zhilei Zhang have been mentioned as potential next opponents for Fury this summer but Arum reckons the Brit will now wait to fight Usyk in the winter.

"They're waiting now, both fighters [Fury and Usyk], for the end of the year, to fight each other in the Middle East, because that's where the big money is," Arum told ProBox TV.
"Right now, I think he's going to wait, but with Tyson Fury it depends on how he wakes up in the morning."

Matchroom supremo Eddie Hearn meanwhile thinks Joshua could face Whyte in August before he battles Wilder in December.

"If they [the Saudis] can't get Fury-Usyk over the line, they will still do AJ vs. Wilder. You hit the numbers that we want, and then we work backwards on that for the August fight that he [Joshua] will be having," Hearn said.
"We all believe he needs that fight in August and more time with [trainer] Derrick James, more preparation for Deontay Wilder, and then that's it. Who we choose will be dependent on if we get that Wilder deal done.
"I like the Dillian Whyte fight [for Joshua]. Whether he gets the Wilder fight done or not, I like that fight. I think it's a fight that AJ will get up for. I think it's a fight that he can have some spite for, and it's a fight that is dangerous.
"There will be a lot on the line because if you sign a massive deal to fight Deontay Wilder in December and you're fighting Dillian Whyte in August, it's risky business."

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