Tyson Fury promises ‘monstrous fight’ with date imminent after Usyk and AJ talks

Tyson Fury has promised a 'monstrous fight' for the next defence of his WBC heavyweight title.

The self-proclaimed Gypsy King has taken to social media to tease an announcement after negotiations with Oleksandr Usyk fell through – and he was linked to a mega-tournament headline bout against Anthony Joshua in Saudi Arabia.

Taking to social media on Thursday (April 20), Fury said: "So, I've got some massive massive news, an imminent fight date, an absolutely monstrous fight. Keep tuned because the WBC world heavyweight king is back in action very very soon. Peace out."

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The 34-year-old, who has won 33 of his 34 professional bouts and is on a run of six wins since drawing with Deontay Wilder in 2018, plans to fight again later in the year.

Having stopped Dillian Whyte at Wembley and retired, Fury returned to beat Derek Chisora in December before negotiations with Usyk's team got underway.

The bout would've been an undisputed heavyweight title fight, with the Ukrainian holding the WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight titles since beating Joshua for the first time in 2021.

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Despite Usyk agreeing to take just a 30% split of the purse talks fell through in a row over rematch terms – with Joshua emerging as a potential foe after beating Jermaine Franklin last month.

Another potential opponent in Joe Joyce was damaged in his title aspirations by falling to the first defeat of his career against Zhilei Zhang at the Copper Box.

In the WBC rankings, Wilder remains second with Andy Ruiz Jr second – months after he called out Fury having bounced back from losing his rematch to Joshua with back-to-back wins.

The former champion posted a mock snap of the facing off with Mexico and Great Britain flag emojis, four years after he shocked the world by stopping AJ in New York.

The next best prospects in The Ring heavyweight rankings include the undefeated Filip Hrgovic, who beat Zhang in a controversial decision last year.

With Frank Warren saying that Fury holds all the cards when it comes to his next opponent, he even hinted that he may retire if no future fights excite him.

The Queensbury Promotions boss, who promotes Fury in the UK, discussed his next steps in his Daily Star column in March.

He said: "That fight (with Joshua) will only happen if Tyson decides that is what he wants. It all comes down to him as he’s the king so he calls the shots.

"If Tyson rings me up on Monday and asks me to make the fight then I will. Until then, Joshua will have to look at other options."


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