WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is still looking for his domestic rival, Anthony Joshua, to step aside in order to allow a full division unification with IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk.i
Back in September, Usyk outboxed Joshua over twelve rounds to capture the four belts at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
A month later, Fury retained his belt with an eleventh round knockout of Deontay Wilder in their Las Vegas trilogy fight.
Joshua has since exercised an immediate rematch clause, with the second fight being targeted for the first quarter of 2022.
Fury believes Usyk will win the second encounter – which makes him concerned because another defeat will derail any hope of an all-British mega fight with Joshua.
He would rather see Joshua step aside, all a unification with Usyk, and then fight the winner.
“I’d prefer him to just let me fight [Usyk]. Because if Joshua goes in again and loses, which I think he will, that fight’s dead in the water for me,” Fury told Boxing Lowdown.
“Because, you don’t lose two fights and then go into a massive heavyweight title fight. But if he lets me fight Usyk and I batter Usyk, then I’d come back and fight Joshua, batter him as well. Then, I can just f— off and they can all fight for the belts. I’d retire.”
Fury’s next fight is going to take place in March at the latest.
Only two names are being floated around at the moment, with WBC interim-champion Dillian Whyte and Olympic silver medal winner Joe Joyce being the frontrunners.
At the moment, Fury will not commit to either name.
“Listen, I’m only interested in fighting Usyk or Joshua. We’ll see,” Fury said.