Top Rank CEO Todd DuBoef, who co-promotes WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, would like to see his boxer in a big fight – especially a full division unification with IBF, IBO, WBA, WBO champion Oleksandr Usyk.
Earlier this year, Fury and Usyk had serious talks about their April bout at Wembley Stadium.
The fight fell apart after both fighters were unable to agree on the financial terms of a rematch clause.
Usyk is now headed for a mandatory defense against “regular” WBA champion Daniel Dubois, which is scheduled to take place in August in Poland.
Fury is currently without an opponent but is discussing the idea of a summer fight in the UK or Australia.
DuBoef offered his views on the issues that plagued the Fury-Usyk negotiations. The goal of Top Rank is to bring Fury to the ring with both Usyk and former two-time champion Anthony Joshua.
“I think one of the deciding factors was timing because unfortunately you have the seats and when you have all those titles you have the number 1 contender line,” DuBoef explained to Sky Sports.
“It’s a bit of an organizational dysfunction that’s going on in the sport, because we’re a century and a half old, you’re trying to master it, but I think it’s created some problems and an urgent need to try it. for a certain period of time. There are many problems and this was one of them.
“Ideally, it would be nice if this fight had already happened. Usyk is a big fight for him, (Anthony) Joshua is a big fight for him, those are two fights we’d like to see them do and I think those are two fights he’d like to have. Our goal has always been to align with what we think is best for him, the sport and the fans, and those two are at the top.
“There are so many different options and of course we are collaborating with Queensberry on the Fury project. The bottom line is he wants to be in the ring, the problem is we always want the Super Bowl in boxing and we’re like, ‘why can we make it?’, timing is everything. The Usyk fight probably should have happened, but the spring date was delayed, so the question is, can we get him back in the ring as soon as possible? We know he loves being active, his mental stability, and he loves being in the gym and being motivated to fight.”