Is Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk in the works?

LAS VEGAS — The news that the WBC postponed till Friday its bag quote for an obligatory heavyweight title battle in between champ Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte was most likely seen by many as irrelevant in the grand plan of things.

However that would be, oh, so incorrect.

This is an extremely substantial advancement, especially considered that WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman informed Yahoo Sports on Wednesday that the ask for the hold-up originated from Fury and Whyte.

That suggests that talks with Whyte and previous unified champ Anthony Joshua are continuous to step aside and allow a bout in between Fury and IBF-WBA-WBO champ Oleksandr Usyk to occur next.

The previous indisputable cruiserweight champ, Usyk won the heavyweight belts by beating Joshua in September. Joshua has a rematch stipulation, however, so the only method to make a Fury-Usyk battle next would be for both Whyte and Joshua to accept quit their positions.

That will take cash, and great deals of it. There have actually been reports Joshua has actually been used £15 million to quit his right to the Usyk rematch.

There is no promoter who has the sort of cash, since Whyte would likewise need a considerable reward. And if Joshua and Whyte concurred, both Fury and Usyk would need enormous paydays.

The only entities that would have that sort of cash and are associated with and/or thinking about boxing lie in the Middle East. Fury’s handled by MTK Global, which was established in 2012 by Daniel Kinahan. Kinahan, who resides in Dubai, has actually stated in court documents he withdrew from the business in 2017.

However Fury has actually described Kinahan as his supervisor after that.

The Saudis were preparing to phase Fury versus Joshua on Aug. 14, 2021, however that broke down when an arbitrator in the U.S. ruled that Fury needed to battle Deontay Wilder initially. Fury then knocked Wilder out for a second time on Oct. 9 in Las Vegas, two weeks after Joshua was stunned by Usyk.

“We are handling this and trying to accommodate all parties and come to a fair resolution,” Sulaiman told Yahoo Sports.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11:  (L-R) Oleksandr Usyk, Tyson Fury, and Bob Arum at Madison Square Garden on December 11, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

(L-R) Oleksandr Usyk, Tyson Fury and Bob Arum at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 11, 2021, in New York. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

Sulaiman said the purse bid will be held Friday in Mexico City as scheduled, though, so the clock is ticking to get a deal done.

It seems unlikely for a number of reasons. Joshua wants to get his titles back, and while £15 million is an extraordinary amount of money, he’ll make an extraordinary amount to fight Usyk, with the upside being if he wins he’d once again be in position to fight Fury.

The Saudis of course have the money to make it happen, however the more lucrative scenario for them would be to have Joshua battle Usyk and Fury face Whyte, with the winners then meeting. They’d get revenues from three big shows, not one, with the payoff then being that the fight between the winners would be more lucrative than a Fury-Usyk fight would be now.

Usyk isn’t nearly as well known as either Fury or Joshua outside the hardcore fan base. But if he beats Joshua a 2nd time, particularly with the constant promotion of the winner meeting the Fury-Whyte winner, he’d be a much larger attraction.

If Fury beats Whyte — he’d be an overwhelming favorite to do so — and Joshua regains the belt for Usyk, the Fury-Joshua fight would be arguably bigger than it was when it was made in a $150 million deal last year.

The same would be true if Usyk won. At that point, he’d hold 2 wins over Joshua, have three of the four heavyweight belts and also have been undisputed cruiserweight champion. The only fighter to ever be both undisputed cruiserweight and undisputed heavyweight champion is the legendary Evander Holyfield.

The only downside would be if Whyte were somehow to upset Fury. That seems a remote possibility, at best.

For the sake of argument, if Joshua and Whyte agree to step aside before Friday’s WBC bag quote to allow Fury-Usyk to occur next, the smart move would be to have them fight. Joshua stopped Whyte in the seventh in a 2015 fight.

The winner of their rematch would be best positioned to take on the Fury-Usyk winner in that scenario.

This is the best of all worlds because it’s clear we’re about the see the best versus the best to decide one champion. I would be shocked if both Whyte and Joshua agree to step aside, though with the massive quantity of cash readily available, it may get to be difficult to state no.

In any case, boxing fans remain in for a reward over the next couple of months.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.