Tyson Fury wants unification fight with Oleksandr Usyk but ‘will train like he’s fighting Muhammad Ali’ if it’s Dillian Whyte next, says Frank Warren, who reveals hopes to stage bout in UK


Tyson Fury is still intent on fighting Oleksandr Usyk next despite the WBC’s order for a bout with Dillian Whyte, says Frank Warren.

The WBC ordered the heavyweight champion to defend his title against fellow Brit Whyte next on Tuesday.

Fury’s first opponent since beating Deontay Wilder for a second time may now be Whyte

Fury’s first opponent since beating Deontay Wilder for a second time may now be Whyte

But speaking to talkSPORT on Wednesday, Warren said the WBC hasn’t set a date for when a Fury vs Whyte fight would have to take place.

Warren also revealed his hopes for the ‘Gypsy King’ and the ‘Body Snatcher’ to get it on in the UK, with Manchester and Cardiff being touted as potential locations.

Responding to the WBC’s order, Warren said on White and Jordan: “It is what it is.

“They haven’t told us what date the fight has to take place, at the moment they’ve just asked us to start negotiations so that’s what we’ll be starting to do.

Fury recently said he’d sack his team if there wasn’t a fight arranged for him in February or March 2022

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Fury recently said he’d sack his team if there wasn’t a fight arranged for him in February or March 2022

“We’re all working hard on the Usyk fight and getting Anthony Joshua to step aside, and we’ll have to see where we go with it.

“For me, the worst case scenario is to fight Dillian. If he fights Dillian we’re likely to get it on in early March.”

The priority in the Fury camp is ultimately to get a fight arranged for March, regardless of the opponent. And while WBA, IBF and WBO champ Usyk is the first choice, Fury will be taking a confrontation with Whyte very seriously.

“He wants to fight Usyk for the obvious reasons, the belts being on the line and more money in the fight,” Warren added.

Fury wants a chance to become undisputed champion by fighting Usyk but the Ukrainian is contractually obliged to have a rematch with Joshua

Fury wants a chance to become undisputed champion by fighting Usyk but the Ukrainian is contractually obliged to have a rematch with Joshua

“Having said that, Tyson’s no fool. One thing about him is he’s focused on his boxing, that’s kept him on the straight and narrow as far as he’s concerned.

“I saw him yesterday and he was saying ‘I just want to get back in the ring, I’ve only had one fight in 22 months.’

“He’d like to fight Usyk but if it’s Dillian Whyte, it’s Dillian Whyte. He will prepare for that fight as if it was Joe Frazier or Muhammad Ali, that’s Tyson’s mentality now.

“He looks really well, he’s living in the gym.”





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