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The Gypsy King drops hints that the boxing world should be ready for a surprise announcement in the new year.

 

The Gypsy King has had the boxing world’s rumor mills working overtime lately. Two days after the WBC acquiesced to his request for an 80/20 purse split with Dillian Whyte, sending that possible bout into a purse bid, he makes a sly reference on social media that will shake the boxing world up if it turns out to have any basis.

Tyson Fury’s nightmare 2022 including Anthony Joshua delay, retirement and PSG boredom

 

Since his decisive victory over Deontay Wilder in October, he has made no secrets about who he would prefer to fight next.

Oleksandr Usyk has a rematch set with Anthony Joshua in the new year and Fury has made it known that he would prefer to have Joshua step aside and allow him to fight Usyk, offering to come back and fight Joshua next if he should beat the Ukranian.
Dillian Whyte is the mandatory challenger for Tyson Fury and they have been at loggerheads over purse split, which may ultimately derail the fight entirely.
Eddie Hearn earlier this week confirmed that any idea of Joshua stepping aside is highly unlikely,but that is not the only rumor that has been swirling in the air. Usyk has stated that he would be interested in returning to cruiserweight to defend his unified titles against Saul Canelo Álvarez.

Usyk has an impeccable record at the lower division, and Canelo has asked for permission to challenge Ilunga Makabu for the cruiserweight title, leading to speculation that a meeting between the Mexican who cleaned up at super middleweight and the Ukranian who did the same at cruiserweight.

Canelo’s camp has other ideas, though, with Eddy Reynoso seeming to rule out the possibility entirely. “No, no way, there is no chance that he will fight Usyk,” Reynoso said. “He’s a heavyweight fighter, that’s what we have Frank Sanchez there for and that would be a great fight.”

In the meantime, Fury hasn’t been doing nothing. If anyone likes to stir up the media, it is the Gypsy King. He posted a video where he says, “The Saudi Arabian king is coming back.” This would seem to be an oblique reference to the fact that Bob Arum has made it known that Saudi Arabia is keen to stage Fury vs Usyk in the new year.

This could just be Tyson Fury winding the media up, but if there is any substance to this statement, it would seem that the possibility of Joshua standing aside is not as far-fetched as Eddie Hearn would have us all think.

Or this could be another jab at Dillian Whyte from team Fury, goading him into signing up for the 80/20 deal that he has so strenuously resisted. As the fighter with the most to lose in this round-robin of fantasy bouts, Whyte will certainly been very aware that he could well be the one left on the outside looking in. All of the other fighters in this rumor mill are big-name pay-per-view draws on their own, but Whyte has yet to make an impression on American fight audiences.

 

With less than two weeks left to run on the WBC’s deadline for purse bids, we may not have long to wait to see which way the wind blows.

 

 

 

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