Elbow Problems Will NOT Stop Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk From Taking Place Next
Tyson Fury scored a 10th-round TKO win over decade-long rival Derek Chisora to retain his WBC heavyweight championship and move to 33-0-1 (24 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London. Chisora suffered his thirteenth career defeat and his third one to Fury.
Fury told ESPN in the aftermath of the Fury Chisora trilogy fight “I’ve got to maybe have surgery on my right elbow. I had the left one done, so I’ve got to have it done. It will take about six-to-eight weeks to heal. We’ll see when we can be ready for this fight.”
However, at the post-fight press conference Fury stated that the injury would not prevent the undisputed title clash with Ukraine’s 3-belt holder Oleksandr Usyk. Fury confirmed that he would be ‘ready’ and ‘fit’ to go into the undisputed bout in the first quarter of 2023.
Tyson Fury “I’m ready and willing to take on Usyk next. Let’s give the fans one champion, one name, one face”
Usyk’s promoter Alex Krassyuk told Betfred’s ‘Lightweight Boxing Show‘ that the Fury vs Usyk undisputed fight would most likely land in Saudi Arabia and the window to stage that contest is between Feb 18 and March 4.
One obstacle which may have prevented Fury-Usyk from being undisputed is the IBF mandatory situation. The IBF called Fillip Hrgovic as mandatory to Usyk last month. However, promoter Frank Warren clarified that the IBF would not be a problem and instead the WBA is first in the rotation system for Usyk. The WBA has approved an undisputed fight over their mandatory in the interests of boxing.