‘It Will Go Ahead’: Frank Warren Confirms Future Plans for Tyson Fury
In the aftermath of Tyson Fury barely getting by Francis Ngannou, attention has now turned to the possible undisputed heavyweight clash between “The Gypsy King and Oleksandr Usyk, and Frank Warren has spoken out on when the much-anticipated fight is likely to take place, as reported by Declan Taylor from Boxing News.
Frank Warren Confirms Tyson Fury vs. Usyk Will Not Happen on December 23
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Queensberry Promotions head honcho Frank Warren has confirmed that Fury vs. Usyk will not happen on December 23, despite “The Gypsy King” previously telling Sky Sports: “We’ve signed the contracts. December 23, that’s out there, isn’t it? It’s only eight weeks away from Saturday. Why not? I’ve not even had a fight this year so to get two in before the end of the year would be fantastic.”
Fury has a much tougher than expected time during his fight against Ngannou, with the Ukrainian superstar ringside at the Kingdom Arena to see Fury get dropped by the ex-UFC star, before claiming a close split decision victory. In the aftermath of the fight on October 28, Fury insisted he was ready to go straight into the undisputed clash, but Warren has now poured cold water on those plans: “It will go ahead but it will not be on the 23rd. “It was crazy for some people to suggest that it could still go ahead on the 23rd.”
He continued: “He is 35 years old and has just done a 12-week training camp and has just been in a tough fight. He needs a break with his family, he needs to switch off and we will announce the date when we are ready. But the fight is signed. The fight will happen.”
Warren also went on to explain that talk of the undisputed fight did not help his preparations: “I can’t say Tyson took the fight lightly but it was unfortunate that the news came out that the Usyk fight had been made. But we had to do that because once you sign a contract it leaks like a sieve.” He added: “That wasn’t Tyson Fury in there, it was a bad day at the office. But it was a win, he won the fight through his grit and determination.”
Despite the win over Ngannou, Fury had a largely forgettable evening, which saw him knocked down by his opponent in round three. Many who watched the fight had Ngannou winning the contest. Despite “The Gypsy King” winning, he will need to improve when facing Usyk.
The Ukrainian star has also had his say on the latest from Warren: “Uncle Frank says some sneaky things. We have a contract that says the fight has to take place on Dec 23rd… Let Fury vacate his title first, then he can take his rest… Tyson – we must fight, we must do it, Dec 23rd. See you in the ring. I love you.”