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Saudi Arabia want to stage Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk undisputed fight in March


Two of boxing’s biggest names could potentially meet next year in Fury and Usyk, though a lot of work will have to be done to get the latter out of a mandatory meeting with Anthony Joshua

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Boxing promoter Bob Arum has revealed that Saudi Arabia want to stage a potential bout between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk in March of next year.

However, the chances of the contest taking place heavily depend on securing a step-aside deal with Anthony Joshua, Usyk’s next mandatory challenger.

Arum works closely with Fury in his role as the ‘Gypsy King’s’ US-promoter and has provided an update on what he thinks is next for the Morecambe-born heavyweight champion.

“Anthony Joshua lost to Oleksandr Usyk, who now has some of the belts and there is a rematch clause but we want Joshua to step aside so that Tyson can fight Usyk for all four belts” Arum revealed to the Rich Eisen show.

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Bob Arum works closely with Tyson Fury as his US co-promoter
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“That would be a unifying fight and we are talking about doing it in Saudi Arabia, who want to stage that fight in March.

“Hopefully, it will all come together – if it doesn’t, if Joshua insists on the rematch with Usyk, then Fury will fight Dillian Whyte who is the number one contender.

“We would do that fight as sort of a homecoming for Tyson in an arena in Manchester, where he comes from.”

However, Arum went on to reveal when speaking to talkSPORT that the likelihood of Joshua agreeing a step-aside clause is minimal.

“I think Dillian Whyte should be the next fight for Tyson Fury,” the promoter explained.

“There’s talk about Usyk who beat Joshua – Joshua has a rematch clause – and talk about Joshua stepping aside.

“But Joshua’s not gonna step aside unless he’s guaranteed the winner of Fury vs Usyk, and how anybody assure him of that when Whyte’s in the mandatory position?”

Joshua has already made his feelings on the idea of stepping aside from the bout clear, telling iFL TV : “I think people know not to approach me with that rubbish.

“I think people know not to approach me with that bulls***. It may have come to my team, but I think they’d know not to bring that to me at the minute.







Anthony Joshua has quashed talk of him agreeing a step-aside deal in his challenge with Oleksandr Usyk
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“Let me be real with you, at this stage in my career it ain’t about the money, it’s about the respect.

“You’ve gotta look at what I want out of this game. Number one is respect – you ain’t gotta like me, but you will respect me.

“In terms of step-aside, I don’t know if that goes in line with what I morally stand for.

“But let me be real with you, I wanna be known as one of the smartest businessmen as well…

“If the money’s right, we have to look at it, but respect for me has a lot more value than just money.”

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