Eddie Hearn reveals that what disrupted Anthony Joshua’s side deal was Tyson Fury’s insistence that he fight a transitional fight in late March before challenging Oleksandr Usyk for the undisputed heavyweight championship.
Surprisingly, Fury posted a clip on Twitter on Friday, laughing about his missed deal to face Usyk next in the Undisputed Championship.
Unfortunately, Fury didn’t realize it joke on him. He’s the one who missed the chance, and his decision could cost him a fight against Anthony Joshua that would have happened had he fought Usik next.
Helping Fury fight a tuning battle before facing the undisputed IBF/WBA/WBO champ Usyk is what caused the deal to fall apart.
Hearn couldn’t understand why WBC Champion Fury (31-0-1, 22 KOs) needed a temporary fight in March before facing Usyk when he just finished fighting Deontay Wilder last October.
The Battle of Wilder was only three months ago. Why on Earth would Fury require a tuning battle before fighting a Usyk?
Hearn says if his Matchroom Boxing promotional company wins Friday’s bid for a Fury vs.Dillian Whyte fighter, they have until April 29 to bid.
The magical question is whether or not Fury will continue to fight against the mandatory WBC Whyte He gave up his title and took a long break before fighting again.
Usyk’s team says Fury ‘filled it up’
“Anthony Joshua went up to fight Oleksandr Usyk. No, ‘Wait, I’m going to do some Instagram posts pretending I want to fight him.’” I spoke to Alex Krasuk [Usyk’s promoter] last night – They feel that Tyson Fury has packed the fight against Usik,” Eddie Hearn told iFL TV.
By looking at Fury’s history, we know he was not trusted to fight tough battles within a short period. For example, after Fury fought Wladimir Klitschko in 2015, three years passed before he had another high-profile heavyweight competition at Wilder in 2018.
After fighting Wilder in a tie, Fury didn’t fight him again until 2020, a year and a half later. Interestingly enough, we didn’t see Fury face Wilder in their three-way match for nearly two years until October 2021.
I don’t know what’s with Fury, but after facing a high-level heavyweight, he tends to take long breaks before facing another.
This approach that Fury took in the past when mixed with elite-level fighters wouldn’t work in a Usyk battle because he didn’t have the luxury of long before he needed to confront him.
There’s no time for Fury to get into a tuning battle before confronting Usyk. Fury will need to be back in the gym, training hard, and ready to battle Usyk by April for the move to be set aside for work.
It’s sad because it would be great to see Fury face Usyk in the undisputed tournament to increase Fury-Joshua’s fight chances later this year.
Fury’s failure to fight with Usyk could result in him making much less money in the long run. We look at it this way. If Usek defeats Joshua next May, there will be no fight between Fury and Joshua in 2022. Joshua’s career will effectively end after the second defeat to Usek.
– Tyson Fury (@Tyson_Fury) January 28, 2022
Furthermore, instead of Fury having massive financial fights against Usyk and Joshua in 2022, he will likely be stuck with only Whyte and the Ukrainian fighter. That’s a much smaller amount for Fury.
Surprisingly, Fury required a tuning fight to get him ready for Usyk when he just finished fighting Wilder in October. Why synthesis? It makes no sense at all.
For Team Usyk to say that Fury “filled it,” that hurts. They see that Fury has lost his courage to take part in a fight.
You never want to be seen as lacking in guts, but Fury has put himself in this situation. According to Hearn, Fury wasn’t ready to fight this kind of fight against the talented Usyk. Oh well.