Tyson Fury’s next fight is set to be his blockbuster undisputed showdown with Oleksandr Usyk.
WBC heavyweight champion Fury and Usyk have been tipped to take to the ring in 2023 with their undefeated records put on the line in an eagerly-awaited bout.
Usyk, who is the IBF and WBO champion, was ordered to put his WBA title on the line against Daniel Dubois in 2023 after twice seeing off Anthony Joshua.
But there are fears the Brit could be sidelined for six months with injury and the status of an undisputed fight means Fury now looks set to take on the Ukrainian early next year.
Fury’s US promoter Bob Arum revealed to Sky Sports: “The two fighters have agreed to fight each other next. With Fury and Usyk, we’re dealing with two adults, not a lot of back and forth.
“They want the fight. Both of them want the fight and so there’ll be very little, if any, [messing] around. So we’ll be able to make that happen. I’m very, very confident.
“As I said the fighters have both agreed to fight each other next without any interim fights.
Fury retained his title with a victory over Derek Chisora at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium earlier this month and could be in action as early as March against Usyk.
Arum also confirmed the fight could be staged in the UK, in front of a record crowd at Wembley Stadium. There has been talks over taking it to the Middle East with Saudi Arabia having hosted Usyk’s win over Joshua earlier this year.
“We are balancing a couple of significant offers from the Mid East and also there’s the possibility of doing the fight in the UK at Wembley [stadium] with a massive 95,000 crowd in attendance,” Arum added.
“Fighters have a relatively short life and money is important. So if the money which has been proposed to us is real that has to be taken into consideration.
“To go back to Wembley and do a fight before 95,000 people for me really stirs up the blood. It would be crazy. It would just be wonderful. It shouldn’t be too long before a final decision is made. We’ll have it all sorted out. I hope maybe by the end of the year.”