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Why is Tyson Fury fighting Derek Chisora instead of Oleksandr Usyk in 2022 heavyweight title boxing match?

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Over the past few years, there was a glimmer of hope from boxing fans that an undisputed heavyweight title fight would take place. In 2022, the idea was close to becoming a reality. Now, fans may have to wait until 2023, dwindling that hope just a little bit. 

If both are still world champions by the new year, Tyson Fury and Oleksandr Usyk are looking to finally face off for the ultimate bragging rights. Could it have happened sooner? 

At first, it was going to be Deontay Wilder vs. Anthony Joshua. Then it was Joshua vs. Fury. Now Fury vs. Usyk. It is a continued cycle fans are used to at this point. Between injuries, title changes, retirements, and other factors, one foot has been behind the finish line for quite some time. 

Fury will now defend the WBC heavyweight title against Derek Chisora on December 3. The two have history, with Fury 2-0 against Chisora. How did we get to this moment of limbo? Here is all the information regarding the drama between Fury and Usyk. 

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Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk timeline

In 2020, Joshua and Fury agreed in principle to fight one another for the chance to become undisputed heavyweight champion. However, Deontay Wilder won an arbitration case that forced a trilogy fight with Fury, who beat “The Bronze Bomber” for the WBC title. During that time, Usyk rose from cruiserweight king to heavyweight contender. 

Fury beat Wilder in the third fight in October 2021 to retain the WBC heavyweight title, while Usyk beat Joshua via unanimous decision in September 2021 to win the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight titles. 

A match between the two was close to happening, but Joshua had a rematch clause. Usyk beat Joshua via split decision in August to retain the belts. Meanwhile, Fury beat Dillian Whyte in April to retain the WBC title, retiring in the process. 

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Why isn’t Tyson Fury fighting Oleksandr Usyk?

When Fury announced his retirement, he went through a timeline that confused boxing fans. He called out UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou for a boxing vs. MMA fight. A few months later, a still-retired Fury called out Chisora, Usyk, and Joshua. He also appeared at a WWE event. 

Back in June, Fury told talkSPORT, although retired, if an Usyk fight were to happen, “I’d punch him around the ring. He’s a blown-up middleweight.” Fury did say he would return for the right price, stating he would want about $500 million. 

Fury kept a close eye on Usyk vs. Joshua 2. Following the second Joshua fight, Usyk stated he needed to recover from old injuries. Usyk could not perform in December, per Michael Benson, and was ready for a potential Fury clash in early 2023. Fury, who returned from retirement at this point, believed Usyk was ducking him. He then focused his attention on Joshua, 2-3 in his last five fights.

Following demands that included a close deadline, a Fury-Joshua fight didn’t come to fruition, and now Fury will face Chisora for the third time. 

Will Tyson Fury eventually fight Oleksandr Usyk? 

If Fury can get past Chisora, the path to an Usyk fight is somewhat clear. Fury is confident a fight with Usyk can get done in 2023 and believes a win is his for the taking. 

“And I’ll tell you now what people are gonna say when I splatter Usyk,” Fury told Queensberry Promotions, via Boxing Scene. “They’re gonna say, ‘He was too small! It was a mismatch! He was never any good to Tyson. It was a mismatch.’ Whatever. And then we move on.

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“How am I gonna get credit for beating a man half me size? It’s all for me to lose and nothing to gain. ‘Oh, he beat a guy half of his size. Oh, [Usyk] beat the bodybuilder [Joshua]. Yeah, well you say the bodybuilder’s a bodybuilder, son. He ain’t no boxer.’ I said, ‘We’ll see. Proof’s in the pudding.’ ”

Regarding potential roadblocks, the IBF has instructed Usyk to face mandatory challenger Filip Hrgovic. There is also WBA challenger Daniel Dubois and interim WBO champion Joe Joyce. If Hrgovic is next for Usyk, that could further delay a fight between the latter and Fury. 

The first step towards understanding what the future holds for the heavyweight division is keeping an eye on Fury vs. Chisora 3 on December 3. 


Credit: sportingnews.com

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