TYSON FURY prefers an undisputed title decider with Oleksandr Usyk but ‘may end up fighting’ Dillian Whyte, says his promoter Bob Arum.
Fury, 33, is considering his options having knocked out Deontay Wilder, 36, in October to close out their epic trilogy series in style.
Tyson Fury pictured with promoter Bob Arum[/caption]
Unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk[/caption]
Just two weeks beforehand, Usyk, 34, dethroned Anthony Joshua, 32, after a 12 round masterclass at Tottenham’s stadium.
AJ has since invoked his right to an immediate rematch, meaning Fury’s hopes of a unification took a big hit.
And Arum revealed challenging for Usyk’s WBA, IBF and WBO belts is top of his priority list.
He told Sky Sports: “The alternative is that if Joshua decides not to exercise his rematch against Usyk and decides to step aside, the fight we would like to make is between Usyk and Fury.
“That is a fight to unify the titles once and for all. Then Joshua can fight the winner of the undisputed fight.
“Whyte can stand in line and fight the winner ultimately. That’s what Tyson would like. And I represent Tyson. That is his preference.
“If they want to fight each other, which I believe they do? I would facilitate it.”
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With Joshua all-but confirmed to rematch Usyk by April, Fury is likely to look elsewhere for his return.
Whyte, 33, is the WBC mandatory challenger, and opened a legal case against the governing body to accelerate his well earned and overdue title shot.
But because of that, the WBC decided against ordering Whyte and Fury to fight at their annual convention in Mexico.
Hope is still not lost for the heavyweight contender and could see his crack at the title signed without it being mandated by the WBC.
Arum said: “Whyte’s people had brought an arbitration proceeding against the WBC.
“The WBC said they would not grant Whyte a mandatory position while the arbitration is pending. That was appropriate.
“Fury may end up fighting Whyte, we’ll see. But it won’t be with the requirement of the WBC. Whyte is an excellent fighter.
“When the time comes, and it will come soon, for Tyson to figure out his next opponent then Whyte should be at the top of the list.”
Dillian Whyte is waiting to fight Tyson Fury[/caption]