Tyson Fury lined up for ‘game-changer’ next fight but WON’T face Usyk in December in Saudi Arabia

TYSON FURY has been lined up for a “game-changing” next fight.

But it will not be a clash against Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia.

Fury is on the hunt for his next opponent after December’s win over Derek Chisora – the third successful defence of his WBC heavyweight title.

A division unifier against Usyk has long been touted by fans.

And there has also been talk of an all-British bout against long-time rival Anthony Joshua.

Promoter Frank Warren now claims that an agreement for Fury’s next fight is close.

The boxing icon has teased that it will be a “game-changing” bout, admitting the Gypsy King is open to fighting MMA legends Francis Ngannou or Jon Jones.

But there is no chance of Fury taking on Usyk this year, with promoters in Saudi Arabia putting talks on ice for now.

Warren told talkSPORT: “I’m hoping we’ll have an announcement in the next week or so.

“We’ve pretty much done what we want to be doing, but we’re not in a position to make the announcement. His fight’s done, we can’t hang around.

“We tried to make it happen three times already this year with Usyk, contrary to all of the social media c**p, he didn’t want it.

“If he’d have wanted it, the fight would’ve taken place. What he wants to do is wait and he thinks he’s getting his $70million in Saudi, and I understand that.

“I absolutely get that, but stop the nonsense that the fight’s not happening because of Tyson.

“It’ll be a bit of a game-changer in a couple of weeks’ time. It’ll be a massive game-changer and it’s going to be interesting to see the fallout from it.”

As for Fury fighting someone from the MMA world, Warren added: “He’s up for that. He can’t sit around twiddling his thumbs.

“The type of money something like that could generate – why are you waiting for people who keep saying ‘Let’s wait until next year’, when you can make these fights now?

“I have no problem, if they want to do that in the boxing ring, no problem at all. That’s a huge, huge event.

“That all depends on quite a few things but that’s a door that you don’t have to push very much for it to open.”

Tyson Fury lined up for ‘game-changer’ next fight but WON’T face Usyk in December in Saudi Arabia | The Sun

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