Oleksandr Usyk Confirms He’ll Fight Tyson Fury On December 23rd
By Jake Tiernan: Oleksandr Usyk has confirmed that he’s in training camp for his undisputed heavyweight championship against Tyson Fury for December 23rd in Saudi Arabia.
IBF, WBA & WBC champion Usyk (21-0, 14 KOs) says he started camp a week after his last fight against Daniel Dubois last August, and he’s only taking a small break to attend this Saturday’s event between Fury & Francis Ngannoi in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Usyk says that he knows that WBC champion Fury is “scared” of him, but he has no choice but to face him on December 23rd because he’ll be “forced” to fight.
There are many fans who believe that Fury has lost his self-confidence & ambition to take risky fights after a grueling trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder in December 2021, a bout that saw Tyson dropped twice in the fourth and narrowly avoiding being stopped.
“Tyson Fury is the one who talks too much, and the idea is to get into my head, and the reality is, I am inside his head. I am the one to move inside his head,” said Oleksandr Usyk to Boxing King Media.
“I confirm that I’m fighting Tyson Fury or anyone on the 23rd of December, but it has to be Tyson Fury,” continued Usyk. “I think his excellency brought in some strong arguments in the negotiations, and I’m really grateful to him for this,” said Oleksandr when asked why he thinks they were able to get the fight with Fury made.
“Tyson, I know you are scared to fight me, but you will be forced, you will have to. Step in the ring with me on December 23, and you will get beaten. I am here in boxing not for the belt, not for money. I have my way, the way I walk.
“Whatever happens, I am really relaxed. I don’t care what is going to happen. I have nothing to lose. I have been undisputed already [at cruiserweight], and I am one step away from undisputed now, and I can become the undisputed champion again if I wish.
“He [Fury] has a lot to lose, and I’ll explain why. He’s calling himself the King, but he has to prove that. Unfortunately, he’s the king with a naked a**. You will see how I challenge this talk guy.
“If I was offered a fight like this, I would probably consider the idea,” said Usyk when asked if he would fight Francis Ngannou if the contest were offered to him.
“After the fight with Dubois, I took one week to spend time with my family, with my kids, with my wife and I moved to Kyiv for a little bit and stayed there. Listen, on the seventh day after the fight, I was already in training. Now, I am in training camp, fully occupied with my business.
“I had to break the training camp for a little bit because I have a scheduled trip here, and after the trip, I will come back,” said Usyk.