“And if you don’t take it, fight Dubois for $2million – not a problem. But how in the world could you ever offer me a deal? Not possible. Tick tock, tick tock.”

Fury was in talks to fight compatriot Anthony Joshua in December, but negotiations fell through and led the 34-year-old to box Derek Chisora for the third time. Fury won with a 10th-round finish, marking his third victory over his fellow Briton.

With that win, Fury retained the WBC heavyweight title, while Usyk retained the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts against Joshua in his last fight.

Oleksandr Usyk (centre) celebrates his second straight win against Anthony Joshua

The Ukrainian, 36, outpointed “AJ” in August, marking his second straight decision win over the man he dethroned in 2021.


Fury and Usyk both remained unbeaten with their most recent results, with Fury’s record standing at 33-0-1 (24 knockouts), while Usyk is 20-0 (13 KOs).

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