Bob Arum Weighs In on a Potential Tyson Fury vs Oleksandr Usyk Matchup

Published 09/29/2021, 5:30 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 04: Bob Arum speaks during the Manny Pacquiao v Chris Algieri Media Tour at The Liberty Theatre on September 4, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)


Oleksandr Usyk, on September 25, scored the biggest win of his career against the stout heavyweight Anthony Joshua. The Ukrainian star dethroned the Brit and claimed his WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO heavyweight titles. Now that Usyk sits atop of this division, boxing purists and fans are already keen to see him go up against the likes of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder.

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Recently, Fury’s US promoter and Top Rank boss, Bob Arum, weighed in on the potential Usyk vs Fury/Wilder matchup.

Speaking to iFL TV, he said, “That will be an additional defeat on Joshua’s record and prevent him from what I think would be a massive fight and the way it should be against the unified champion. Usyk fights Tyson Fury or Wilder if and fight the winner and then we’re into something that the public can make sense of.”

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Joshua has an immediate rematch clause against Usyk and will look to exercise it at the earliest. That said, Usyk’s next fight, too, is principally set. However, if he beats the hard-hitting heavyweight again, needless to say, ‘The Cat’ will be in a position to fight the likes of Tyson Fury, Deontay Wilder, and more.

For now, Wilder and Fury have to collide on October 9 for the WBC belt. However, they also know that they may have to honor a mandatory defense while Usyk vs Joshua 2 unfolds. Hence, the undisputed bout is still a long way off.

Oleksandr Usyk vs Tyson Fury/Deontay Wilder – How will the fight go?

Usyk, who has immense abilities to fight bigger opponents, showed the same against Anthony Joshua. Also, as the heavyweight roster is filled with other stars like Wilder and Fury, Usyk’s fight with either of the two will send shock waves across the fight world.

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Boxing – WBA, IBF & WBO Heavyweight Titles – Anthony Joshua v Oleksandr Usyk – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 25, 2021 Oleksandr Usyk celebrates winning his fight against Anthony Joshua Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

The fight between Usyk and the winner of Wilder vs Fury will be one for the ages. In his bout against ‘AJ’, the Ukrainian fighter showed tremendous defense and movement. That said, he’ll do the same if he faces Wilder or Fury.

However, after his display against ‘AJ’, all the heavyweights will know that the Ukrainian is a dangerous opponent and will prepare to counter his movement.

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Would you be interested in seeing a contest between Usyk and the winner of Wilder vs Fury? Or will Joshua ensure that he gets his rematch before Usyk can sign a deal for an undisputed bout?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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