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Not since 1999 have the world heavyweight titles been unified, and following the news that the proposed unification bout between Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk has been called off, fight fans from all over the world will have to wait a little longer to see who will emerge with all of the belts.
The Long Wait Seemed Worth It for a While
The much anticipated showdown between Fury and Usyk has been over a year in the making and after the two fighters had surprisingly agreed on the purse split, everything was looking on track for these two greats of the heavyweight division to finally meet at Wembley Stadium in April.
However, news broke last weekend that the fight was put in peril after reports that the Fury camp wasn’t keen on Usyk having a rematch clause inserted into the official fight contract. With Usyk adamant that a rematch clause had to play a part in the final negotiations, it appears that the two fighters and their respective camps have reached an impasse that unfortunately won’t be settled.
With the Fight Postponed, Other Challengers Look for a Chance
Both champions had until the 29th April to settle their differences before either fighter had to fight their mandatory challengers. With the fight between the pair now in doubt, it’s looking increasingly likely that both will be preparing for different fights later this year.
Will Wilder Get a Chance Against Usyk?
Upon hearing the news that the proposed clash between Fury and Usyk was dead in the water, Deontay Wilder’s management team were quick to throw their hat into the ring over the prospect of facing the Ukrainian champion. It is unknown at this stage if that is a fight that could take place.
If that fight happens and Wilder were to win it does set up the prospect for Wilder and Fury to renew their all time rivalry and clash for a fourth time.
Daniel Dubois is another potential candidate for Usyk as he is the next mandatory challenger, but the British fighter is recovering from a torn ACL and it remains to be seen if he will be fit to fight Usyk in the next few months.
Will Fury Meet With Joshua In the Ring?
As for Fury, speculation over who he could fight next is set to reach fever pitch. Potential clashes against Joe Joyce, Daniel Dubois and Anthony Joshua have all been mooted, but it’s the fight against Joshua that the world really wants to see.
Following his recent defeats against Usyk, Joshua is currently in training for his bout against Jermaine Franklin. If he can overcome the American many will be hoping that it will be the long awaited Fury fight that will happen next.
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