Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk set for Saudi?
Rumours have been sparked of a heavyweight tournament set for Saudi Arabia.
It was revealed today on Twitter, by Michael Benson, that TalkSport's Simon Jordan has disclosed details of a mega three-fight Saudi Arabia deal which will see Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk and Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder take place in December, with the winners due to meet next year. It also detailed that Oleksandr Usyk vs Daniel Dubois, currently in negotiation now, and Tyson Fury vs Andy Ruiz Jr will supposedly happen before.
Fans immediately questioned the missing presence of WBO #1 Joe Joyce, and also pointed out how disrespectful it is to assume both Daniel Dubois and Andy Ruiz would lose their next fights to allow the undispouted clash to actually happen.
Here's how the tournament details would shape up, according to the hearsay:
Oleksandr Usyk vs Daniel Dubois
Tyson Fury vs Andy Ruiz Jr.
Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk
Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder
Fury / Usyk vs Joshua / Wilder
BBN Editor, Tim Rickson, reacted to the latest news, "If this was to materialise then it would be welcomed by fight fans, but, in reality, Fury vs Joshua couldn't be made before and neither could Fury vs Usyk, so there's no need to get carried away here. As it stands, Joe Joyce is further back in the queue behind even Filip Hrgovic, I understand, so the way the heavyweight landscape is shaping up looks to me like most of the fights we all want to see won't happen anytime soon, if ever at all.
"I have always said that the belts are secondary to the fight itself. When you look back at the most memorable fights in history, you will struggle to remember what title is was for. But you will remember who won and how. So, if the belts are holding up these fights, then get rid and lose one of the biggest obstacles in the way. With the ever growing number of broadcasters involved in boxing, they seem to be able to agree shared rights quite easily, so for all these heavyweights in the mix right now, just go for the fights that will secure your legacy. If Fury and Joshua fought next for no titles, the winner would secure their legacy forever. Fury needs the Usyk or AJ fight in order to secure his place as this generation's greatest heavyweight, but if these fights don't happen because of the belts, then there will be questions left unanswered forever after, and that would be a real shame."
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