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Oleksandr Usyk confirms sole focus is Tyson Fury reunification fight with early 2023 date in sight

The WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight champion has targeted a spring meeting with the WBC champ but warned Fury’s unpredictability meant he was still in the game.

Fury promoter Frank Warren has targeted an early 2023 fight against Usyk with Fury using his fight next month against Derek Chisora ​​as a springboard.

Ukrainian Usyk, meanwhile, told PA: “Right now my team is looking for conversations with Tyson Fury and he’s a really unpredictable person so we can’t guarantee when.

“For me, the idea would be to fight maybe early February or early March, like March 4, because I’m an Orthodox Christian.

“During the big fast before Easter, I don’t fight so everything must be before or after Orthodox Easter (April 16).

“I want to fight Fury because I need the fourth belt and I don’t want to fight anyone else until I have the fourth belt.”

Talk of a Fury-Usyk reunification bout emerged after Usyk successfully defended his belts against Anthony Joshua, although Usyk ruled out fighting in 2022 due to injury.

Usky said his dream location for the fight would be in his home country, although that seems doubtful with the ongoing invasion by Russia. A Middle Eastern venue is set to host the fight with current favorites Saudi Arabia.

“The organizers are trying to figure out that they can make more money,” Usyk said. “For me, yes, I would really like to fight in Ukraine and Ukraine is really capable of hosting this kind of fight.

“I would be really happy if it happened in the Olympic arena in Ukraine. But I don’t choose the venue, so I guess it will be Saudi Arabia.


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