Tyson Fury’s promoter Bob Arum has announced negotiations are underway for an undisputed title bout with Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia.
Days prior, a British fighter called preparations for a huge battle with Usyk in the Middle East “bulls***,” despite the Ukrainian’s management claiming that negotiations were in progress.
Even though Usyk’s team claimed that negotiations were in progress, Fury called ideas for a megafight in the Middle East “bull****” on Instagram last month.
However, Arum’s recent remarks have given supporters hope that a bout will eventually happen to unite the division for the first time since Lennox Lewis defeated Evander Holyfield in 1999.
Arum claimed in a statement to Ringside Reporter, “I spoke with a representative of Skills Challenge, who organized these boxing tournaments in Saudi Arabia.
“We worked for them in relation to the Jake Paul vs. Tommy Fury fight, so we are familiar with the players and have had some pretty fascinating conversations with them.
Arum responded, “Yes, that is correct,” when asked if the discussions with Saudi officials had anything to do with the fight in December.
For an indisputable battle, Fury and Usyk had negotiations earlier this year, but they were unable to come to an agreement before Usyk’s camp withdrew in response to Fury’s demands.
The Gypsy King, according to Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk, is entirely to blame for the situation, accusing Fury of placing too many barriers in the way of a settlement.
Fury and Usyk would square off in Saudi Arabia on the same night as Anthony Joshua and Wilder on the tournament-style program.