Oleksandr Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk has questioned Tyson Fury’s retirement and claimed they’re still interested in an undisputed title showdown.
Following his knockout win over Dillian Whyte last month, Tyson Fury reiterated his desire to walk away from professional boxing with an unbeaten record of 32-0-1. ‘The Gypsy King’ achieved a lot throughout the course of his career and is widely considered to be the best heavyweight of his generation, and perhaps one of the best of all-time.
However, while he may hold The Ring and WBC titles, there’s a man out there who is the champion of the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO – and his name is Oleksandr Usyk.
The idea of a unification fight between the two appeared to be dead in the water upon Fury’s announcement but as per Krassyuk, it may still be in play.
“We shouldn’t look too far ahead,” said Krassyuk to Sky Sports, “But the strategy is the strategy, it means the direction you have to go and this [facing Fury for undisputed] is exactly the direction.
“He’s already unified, he has three belts. He has the rematch, a very serious rematch, Anthony Joshua has nothing to lose, nothing at all, he’s not fighting under pressure of his compatriots, of his home, of his belts. The only pressure he has is that if he loses it might sort of be the end of his career.
“After he defends his title he will probably want to go for undisputed and you never know if it’s going to be Tyson Fury or if he definitely takes the final decision to retire and the belt is vacated and somebody else becomes champion. At this stage we are focused on Anthony Joshua.”
Krassyuk went on to suggest that Fury may not be retired after all.
“I don’t take it seriously,” he said. “Once he is a 44-year-old who was tired of everything then it might be some sort of truth, but he is on top, the world loves him, the world supports him, his country stands behind him, we’ve seen so many times retirements with comebacks.”
Will Fury return?
If the money is right then there’s every chance we’ll see Fury fight again on the professional stage.
Outside of that, he seems to have his eyes set on a return to the squared circle with WWE ahead of SummerSlam and the stadium show in Cardiff this September.
Plus, it’d be foolish to rule out the prospect of a mixed rules match-up against UFC champion Francis Ngannou.