Oleksandr Usyk announced he won’t fight until 2023, prompting Tyson Fury to officially challenge British opponent Anthony Joshua to a massive “Battle of Britain” confrontation.
After Usyk upset Joshua last month, the WBC champion is pushing for a historic undisputed fight against the Ukrainian, but Usyk has stated that he wants to spend time with his family and won’t be ready until next year.
Fury announced over the weekend that he will defend his WBC title this year regardless of Usyk’s availability, and on Monday he publicly contacted Joshua about a potential fight.
In a video shared to his social media, Fury stated, “I suppose you’ve all heard that I’m going to be fighting soon, within the next few months.”
I think that before I announce an opponent that I need to do this, just in case.
‘Anthony Joshua, I know you’ve just lost a fight to Usyk; you’re beltless at the moment. I’d like to give you an opportunity to fight me for the WBC heavyweight championship of the world, and the lineal championship, in the next few months.
‘You’re coming off a 12-round fight so you’re match fit, you’re ready. I’m giving you a few months’ notice. If you’re interested, I’ll send you the date over, and we can rumble. A battle of Britain for the heavyweight championship of the world.
‘Let me know if you’re interested. If not, I will select another opponent.
This comes a week after promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed that Joshua will be out in December against a top 15 opponent, with a stadium fight against Whyte planned for next year.
‘We’re all gunning for a December return,’ Hearn said. ‘It’s not confirmed, but that’s where everyone’s minds are at.
‘We’re not booking a venue, but the conversations – as recently as yesterday – were December for his return.
‘I don’t want to start mentioning names, but it’s a top 15 fight.’